When a Coldie is Too Cold: the Ideal Temperature for your Fridge

You might argue that a cold beer can never be too cold, and you would be right. However, it is certainly possible to set the wrong temperature inside your fridge. No matter how hot the Aussie summer days might get, resist the urge to turn down the dial until it’s too low. A too-cold fridge setting could mean frozen vegetables in the crisper, rising electrical bills, and costly fridge repair.

The Consequences of a Too-Cold Fridge

Fridges are designed to hinder the growth process of bacteria and to stop food from spoiling quickly. Regulating your perishable products at an ideal temperature allows this to happen without freezing the products completely. Some foods do not freeze very well at all. When kept at temperatures that are too cold, the properties of food products such as eggs, milk, strawberries, and lettuce change quite noticeably. Thawing out the milk carton every time you go to eat your morning cereal is also not ideal.

A fridge on a too-cold setting uses up more energy, meaning that your electricity bills could be higher. Considering that the average refrigerator accounts for one-sixth of a household’s energy consumption, you could make significant savings by adjusting the temperature setting on your fridge.

Finding the Right Temperature for Your Fridge

The ideal temperature in your fridge is between 1.7 and 3°C. You can adjust the temperature by using the control switch or temperature dial inside your fridge. Some models contain slide mechanisms for controlling fridge temperatures. Modern fridges may have more sophisticated temperature settings with digital controls.

Some refrigerators contain temperature dials or slides that indicate only “warmer” to “colder”, and don’t contain numbers or temperature readings. In these cases, buy an appliance thermometer, and, if safe to do so, submerge it in water prior to placing it on the middle shelf in your fridge. Leave the thermometer in your refrigerator for up to eight hours before you check the temperature.

Faulty temperature controls or unusual changes in fridge temperature could be a sign that you need a fridge repair. If you’re having problems with your food spoiling or finding frozen veggies in the crisper despite your best efforts, call our friendly Matic Service technicians on 02 9709 6188 for an assessment. Recognised experts in appliance repairs, Matic Service visits client homes directly in the Sydney Metro area.