I have a problem with refrigerators. This is the second
refrigerator in a month that the store has delivered.
Now I am waiting for a new control, and I guess they
will install it next Wednesday.
It wonít cool below 38 degrees, and the freezer doesnít
get down to 0. Is this now the standard? If so, a lot of
people are going to be eating a lot of spoiled food.
expect a refrigerator to get down below 33 degrees if so
desired and the freezer to get to negative-5 degrees, if
desired. Not that it would always be set for that, but
the range should be there.
Standards are typically set by the government, hence the
Department of Energy and the dishwasher rules I wrote
about a few weeks back.
Food and Drug Administrationís website, however, has
this about temperature:
your appliances at the proper temperatures. Keep the
refrigerator temperature at or below 40 degrees F (4
degrees C). The freezer temperature should be 0 degree F
(minus 18 degrees C). Check temperatures periodically.
Appliance thermometers are the best way of knowing these
temperatures and are generally inexpensive."
the standard had been changed, the FDAís caveats would
looked at the Sub-Zero/Wolf website, because I consider
that brand to be the gold standard of refrigeration ó
which means I canít afford one. It says the
temperature range in a Sub-Zero with an electronic
control panel is 34 degrees to 45 degrees Fahrenheit (1
to 7 degrees Celsius) in the refrigerator and minus-5 to
5 degrees F (minus-20 to minus-15 Celcius) in the
also suggests that anything below 0 degrees in a freezer
would be overkill, but if you prefer lower ó well,
thatís your call.
do exist outside the produce section of the supermarket.
Anything that is produced by human beings is subject to
error, and that goes especially for major appliances.
you should look for something other than the brand you
seem to be struggling with.
no longer means quality, and price doesnít guarantee
that you will get the best, even if you are spending top