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Old 03-03-2010, 22:29
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Today I took delivery of my new fantastic American fridge freezer - ice machine (crushed and cubed), digital display, water dispenser - the lot.

Quick question though. You can set the temperature of the freezer from -25 to -14 degrees C, and the fridge from 1 to 7 degrees C. What are the optimum temperatures you should set them as? Think I saw somewhere a freezer should be -18 but could be wrong!
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Old 03-03-2010, 22:31
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The maximum temperature for a freezer should be minus 18 and a fridge should be between 1 and 4 degrees. Just renewed my Food Hygiene certificate which is why i know!
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Old 03-03-2010, 22:32
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We have

Fridge 3 degrees

Freezer -20 degrees

Think these are pretty much recommended temps.
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Old 03-03-2010, 22:33
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The minimum temperature for a freezer should be minus 18 and a fridge should be between 1 and 4 degrees. Just renewed my Food Hygiene certificate which is why i know!
Well I automatically set the freezer to -20 and the fridge to 1. Maybe I will turn the fridge up a degree in case it starts freezing things!!
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Old 03-03-2010, 22:35
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I meant to say it should be maximum minus 18 ie that or colder sorry.
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Old 03-03-2010, 22:49
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Fridge should always be <5C - ideal, imo, is around 2C to 3C.

Freezer should be 'maximum' -18C - running it colder costs more, but may result in 'better' quality for the stored items - commercial cold stores usually work to a target of -25C.
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Old 03-03-2010, 22:53
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Well I automatically set the freezer to -20 and the fridge to 1. Maybe I will turn the fridge up a degree in case it starts freezing things!!
Yes, 1 degrees is a bit low and can easily ruin food. It happened to me. The knob inside the fridge got accidentally moved down to 1C. I now have it at 3 degrees and it's fine.
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Old 03-03-2010, 22:56
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Freezer optimum setting is -18 for efficiancy etc. Turn it to -24 for 2 hours previous to stocking up on fresh food, then reset back to -18 after another couple of hours. (Keeps the fresh food vitamins and taste better if they're frozen quicker).

Fridge temp is pretty much what you prefer, but I'd say that 1 degree is too cold for most. Fridges have temperature ranges (especially the larger ones). They tend to be around about 3 degrees at the bottom in the crispers, up to 8 degrees at the top of the door (hence why the butter and egg tray is always there).
I'd set the fridge to 4 degrees, then adjust it either way depending on what your preferences are.
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Old 04-03-2010, 01:37
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The knob inside the fridge got accidentally moved down to 1C.
Did you end up with your penis fused to the fridge interior by the frost?
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Old 04-03-2010, 02:23
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Did you end up with your penis fused to the fridge interior by the frost?
The knob not my knob.....

I knew whilst typing that post some smartass would make a comment on the word 'knob'.
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Old 04-03-2010, 08:08
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Today I took delivery of my new fantastic American fridge freezer - ice machine (crushed and cubed), digital display, water dispenser - the lot.

Quick question though. You can set the temperature of the freezer from -25 to -14 degrees C, and the fridge from 1 to 7 degrees C. What are the optimum temperatures you should set them as? Think I saw somewhere a freezer should be -18 but could be wrong!
What make is it ?

I have Beko one but without the Ice maker (to much freezer space lost with that) My freezer is set at -18 and the fridge at 6 and everything inside is as it should be.
If you want to be 100% sure of the temperatures get youself a freezer thermometer and a fridge thermometer and leave them inside.
I have one of those battery operated weather stations with the "outdoor" sensor inside the fridge section and the main unit outside on the top giving me a constant readout without opening the door.
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Old 04-03-2010, 09:05
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We have recently had a samsung fridge/freezer delivered and set it at - 20 and 3
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Old 04-03-2010, 09:28
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What make is it ?

I have Beko one but without the Ice maker (to much freezer space lost with that) My freezer is set at -18 and the fridge at 6 and everything inside is as it should be.
If you want to be 100% sure of the temperatures get youself a freezer thermometer and a fridge thermometer and leave them inside.
I have one of those battery operated weather stations with the "outdoor" sensor inside the fridge section and the main unit outside on the top giving me a constant readout without opening the door.
Its one of these bad boys:

http://www.dixons.co.uk/gbuk/samsung...39793-pdt.html

Have since changed the freezer to -19 and put the freezer up to 2 - if the food shows any ill effects I will put it up to 3!
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Old 04-03-2010, 09:30
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My fridge is set at 5, freezer at -19
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Old 04-03-2010, 09:54
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The knob not my knob.....

I knew whilst typing that post some smartass would make a comment on the word 'knob'.
*takes a smartass bow*

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Old 24-07-2013, 11:39
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My American fridge/freezer was set at -18 and 4.
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Old 24-07-2013, 12:08
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The optimum for both cooling performance and energy efficiency is +5 for a fridge and -18 for a freezer, however I keep my fridge at +3 as it gets the beers that little bit colder.
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Old 24-07-2013, 14:49
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however I keep my fridge at +3 as it gets the beers that little bit colder.
I find the fridge is too cold for beers so I put them in there for about an hour before drinking. I suppose it depends what beer you like as well as personal preference.

If I'm late then in the freezer for 5 minutes or so does okay.
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Old 24-07-2013, 15:09
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Wowzers, bit surprised to see one of my old threads pop up

I still have the fridge in question
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Old 24-07-2013, 20:04
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My American fridge/freezer was set at -18 and 4.
Mine is set at -18 for the freezer ...and 2 for the fridge during this warm weather.
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Old 24-07-2013, 20:41
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Food Standards Agency advice calls for fridges to be between 1 and 4c. Freezer should be -18 or below.

Personally I set the freezer to -24 and the fridge to 2.

5c is too high for a fridge as some types of harmful bateria can grow well at 5c and above.
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Old 05-11-2013, 15:45
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I wouldn't take too much notice of what the appliance display says. Some are notoriously inaccurate. Buy a good quality fridge thermometer.
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Old 05-11-2013, 18:43
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youre aiming for -273.15C
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Old 06-11-2013, 19:06
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With all the trouble I'm having with my (Samsung) fridge, I think perhaps if I set it to -273.15 degrees C I might achieve some reasonable cooling in the fridge compartment!
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