At What Temperature Should a Kenmore Refrigerator Be Set?

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Ice crystals on the edges of iceberg lettuce or mold working its way around deli meat can mean that the refrigerator isn't set at the right temperature. Some Kenmore Elite refrigerator problems can be due to a simple change in temperature, which may be quickly remedied by adjusting the control settings.

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If a refrigerator runs high for more than a day, it could need its temperature controls checked.

Kenmore Elite Refrigerator Temperature

A benefit of technology in modern appliances is that a refrigerator can be set at just the right temperature easily. This keeps the interior cool, not freezing or tepid, so that food stays fresh and safe for consumption.

Kenmore refrigerator settings can affect the ice maker as well as the overall running of the appliance. The Kenmore Elite refrigerator temperature needs to be at the proper degree to keep food safe from bacteria and the ice maker working smoothly. It can take up to 24 hours for the refrigerator to reach this ideal temperature after it has been plugged in.

Best Temperature for Kenmore Refrigerators

When a Kenmore refrigerator makes its way from the factory to the big box store where it's placed for purchase, it's automatically set at 37 degrees Fahrenheit. This is the ideal temperature for the appliance, according to Consumer Reports.

Adjusting Kenmore Fridge Temperature

To adjust the temperature of a Kenmore refrigerator, select the fridge temp and freezer temp buttons. Hold these for a few seconds until the display beeps. Press the fridge temp button and go through the available temperatures until you find the 37 degrees Fahrenheit setting.

Again, this can take up to a day to get to the chosen temperature. Check the temperature setting after a day if the refrigerator still isn't at 37 degrees Fahrenheit.

The defrost cycle is routine and can create higher temperatures within the appliance. However, the warmer dip shouldn't last very long and affect the perishables stored inside the refrigerator.

High Humidity and Fridge Temperature

If you live in an area that has stretches of high humidity, the appliance may have to work harder to keep the interior at the right temperature. To reduce the stress on a refrigerator in areas of high humidity, Edgestar recommends that the appliance be installed in places that have an ambient temperature that fluctuates between 50 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit.

Side-by-Side Fridge Settings

The Kenmore side-by-side refrigerator temperature control can fluctuate if both the fridge and freezer doors are held open at the same time for a long period. This can affect the refrigerator's interior temperature temporarily. Make sure that the side-by-side doors are kept open as little as possible, particularly in areas that have days of significant high humidity.

If the side-by-side refrigerator continues to have a problem with maintaining an even temperature of 37 degrees Fahrenheit, you may want to inspect the evaporator coils and other mechanical parts for damage or cleanliness. Unplug the appliance and clean evaporator coils with a mix of one-part vinegar and one-part warm water. Wipe clean and allow to dry before plugging it back in.

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Kimberley McGee is an award-winning journalist with 20+ years of experience writing for a variety of clients, including The New York Times, Las Vegas Review-Journal Home section and other national publications. As a professional writer she has researched, interviewed sources and written about home improvement, interior design and related business trends. She earned a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her full bio and clips can be viewed at www.vegaswriter.com.

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