The refrigerator temperature inside your Hotpoint should be between 37 degrees and 40 degrees F to keep foods fresh. Usually it is not necessary to make adjustments to the thermostat for the refrigerator. Sometimes, though, you might store more food or even less food than normal in your refrigerator or freezer. In the summer, the doors of the unit might be opened more often for drinks and ice. These types of circumstances alter the overall temperature in the unit and will require adjustments. Adjusting the temperature on a Hotpoint refrigerator and freezer is done much like any other brand.
Place a glass of water and a thermometer in the middle of the refrigerator. Allow the water to sit for 24 hours, and then check the temperature on the thermometer. The temperature should be between 37 and 40 degrees. Adjust the temperature controls as necessary, and retest the next day.
Position a container of ice cream in the center of the freezer, and allow it to sit for 24 hours. If the ice cream is too soft, adjust the freezer temperature a little colder. If the ice cream is too hard, adjust the temperature a little warmer.
Open the Hotpoint refrigerator door, and locate the thermostat controls for your unit. Some newer models use a digital control that is near the top of the refrigerator compartment. Other models use a dial control that might be near the top of the compartment or along the side or rear wall.
Turn the refrigerator dial in single increments to adjust the temperature if you have a dial control. The dial is numbered "0" through "9" with "9" being the coldest. Rotate the freezer dial in single increments to adjust the freezer temperature. The dial for the freezer is labeled "A" through "E", with "E" being the coldest.
Press and release the touchpad buttons to adjust the freezer and refrigerator temperatures if you have digital controls. There is a touchpad for "warmer" and one for "colder" for the refrigerator and the freezer. Allow 24 hours to pass to allow the unit to adjust to the new setting, regardless of the type of controls.