How To Change The Temperature On A Fridge Freezer

Temperature Settings

Your Beko fridge temperature guide is shown below – the numbers on the temperature dial indicate refrigerant power so the higher the number the colder the fridge will be. The temperature will need to be adjusted depending on the amount of food being stored – plenty of food may need the recommended setting to be increased.

When your dial display is:

  • Set at 0 – the cooling system is turned off
  • Set at minimum or 1 – this is the warmest setting
  • Set at 2 or 3 – this setting is recommended
  • Set at maximum or 5 or 6 – this is the coolest setting


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What Is The Coldest Temperature For Kenmore Refrigerator?

The coldest temperature for a Kenmore refrigerator compartment is 33 degrees Fahrenheit (or zero degrees Celsius).

However, its freezer compartment can go as cold as -9 degrees Fahrenheit (or -23 degrees Celsius).

What is the coldest setting on a Kenmore refrigerator?

1 is the warmest setting and 7 is the coldest. You should have your freezer set for 4. This equals to 0 degrees. The refrigerator should also be set to 4, which equals about 37 degrees.

Where is the temperature control on a Kenmore freezer?

On many of the Kenmore freezer models, the electronic digital freezer control will be located on the back wall toward the bottom. The image below shows a digital control located on the front of the evaporator cover on a common model.

Ideal Freezer Temperature

Contrary to popular opinion, freezing food does not halt the growth of bacteria – it will just slow it down. When freezers first became common in homes, food was frozen at -10°C. However, if food is frozen at lower temperatures, it will slow the bacteria growth even further, and preserve the Vitamin C content in frozen vegetables. Today, -18°C is the accepted standard for freezing food.

Adjusting Your RV Fridge Temperature

Sometimes it’s not that obvious how to adjust the temperature of your RV’s fridge. Many refrigerators have a dial or slider on the front but some don’t and some have ways you can further adjust them.

Aside from using a fridge thermometer, one way you can gauge whether you need to make an adjustment is if you see water inside the fridge coming from the freezer or if you have ice forming in your fridge. 

Water dripping is an indication that you need to make your temperature slightly colder, while ice formation warrants increasing the temperature a little.

Changing the Setting on a Dometic Fridge

Changing the Setting on a Dometic Fridge

To adjust the settings of a Dometic fridge, inside your fridge there will be a lever on one of the fins, and sliding it up or down along the fin will make your fridge warmer or colder.

There may not be a very wide range – most Dometics only have settings from 1-5, but that’s where using the thermometer will help you find the right one for your fridge.

Changing the Setting on an Avanti Fridge

If you have an Avanti fridge, there will probably be a dial in the top left corner that serves as your temperature control. The higher numbers mean a colder temperature, so just turn your dial to the desired setting.

Changing the Setting on an Norcold Fridge

In a Norcold fridge, you may have to physically move the thermostat in order to adjust the temperature. Unclip the thermostat from the fin it is currently on, and clip it to another fin to the left to make it colder or another fin to the right to make it warmer.

Storing Food Efficiently

A Beko fridge temperature dial 1-6 means you’ll be able to select a temperature to suit your shopping routine. When you have more food, you can increase the setting and less food you can turn the setting down. To store food resourcefully you should:

  • Place quick consumables on the top shelves
  • Put dairy products such as milk and eggs at the back of bottom to middle shelves
  • Store raw meat on the bottom shelves
  • Use crisper drawers for vegetable storage, and wrap in plastic bags to keep from spoiling

Acceptable Temp Range in a Dometic Fridge (Average RV Refrigerator Temp)

As stated the ideal cooling temperature for your RV’s Dometic fridge is between 40 and 42 degrees F. But sometimes the ideal is hard to maintain or you may have accidentally set the temperature control to the wrong level.

In either case those are not bad situations as you have some leeway in temperature ranges. For an RV Dometic fridge, you should not let the unit get warmer than 50 degrees F. it is just unsafe to store cold food at high temperature settings.

The lowest number on the acceptable scale is 35 degrees F. Also stated earlier, any lower and your food can freeze, ruining it or making it unsafe to eat. For the freezer 0 degrees F is ideal.

You can go as high as 30 degrees F if you want and temperatures around 10 and 20 degrees F are also acceptable.

What Number Should My Fridge Be Set At?

You should base your fridge temperature settings on the number of items you’re storing inside the appliance.

For example, if you’re only using the fridge lightly and not storing many items, turn the numbered dial to a middle number like 2 or 3.

However, if you’re filling most of the fridge’s compartments with food items, then you’ll need to increase the cooling power to keep the food fresh. In this case, turn the numbered dial to a higher number like 4 or 5.

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Some Final Words

Getting your Dometic RV fridge to work properly is not that difficult. It may be a little time consuming but in the end, it is worth the time spent. Once you understand how the temperature control works, up and down, and which setting is the coldest, higher numbers, then you should be fine.

Just make sure your Dometic fridge operates at the ideal temperature setting, 40 to 42 degrees F, or remains in the acceptable temperature range, 35 to 50 degrees F, and you should be fine.

If you have questions consult your owner’s manual to help you find the right settings. Remember there are always tricks you can use to make sure your fridge is performing like it’s supposed to.