How to Turn Down the Temperature in a Refrigerator

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Although it is important to make sure that your refrigerator is cool enough to keep the food inside of it fresh, there is not necessarily a certain temperature at which you must keep the refrigerator. The recommended temperature is around 38 degrees Fahrenheit, but if you would like to have a slightly cooler refrigerator, you can make changes to the appliance. All modern-day refrigerators are designed to allow you to access the temperature controls.

  • Open the refrigerator door.

  • Locate the temperature control. This control is located in different places, depending on the refrigerator you own. Some models have a sliding control along the top or in the back of the inside of the appliance, while others have a digital control on the front panel of the refrigerator. If the control is on the digital display, close the refrigerator door and continue.

  • Press "Temperature" or "Refrigerator" if the refrigerator has a front digital display.

  • Press the "Down" button.

  • Move the control slider inside the appliance downward to adjust the temperature if there is not a digital control on the refrigerator's front panel.

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