Refrigerator Too Cold, Freezing Everything – How to Troubleshoot

frozen raspberries - refrigerator is freezing all my food

A refrigerator should keep your food properly chilled — not frozen. If items inside your fridge are freezing here’s how to troubleshoot this problem. Luckily, there are a few things to try that do not require any tools.

Increase the Temperature Settings

refrigerator temperature controls

The ideal temperature range for the interior of a refrigerator is around 37° F. Try adjusting the temperature controls on the fridge to slightly increase the temperature. Use a refrigerator thermometer to make sure the temperature inside your fridge does not go above 40° F. Food stored above 40° F enters what is referred to by the United States Department of Agriculture as the “danger zone,” where bacteria on food can grow rapidly causing the food to become unsafe to eat.

Rearrange Food in the Refrigerator

 

refrigerator vent cover with damper inside

Refrigerator vent cover with damper inside.

Some areas inside the fridge get colder than others, especially items stored near the freezer compartment or near vents where cold air blows in from the freezer. Moving items to different areas in the refrigerator might solve your problem.

WARNING: Before attempting to work on any appliance, make sure that all power (electricity) and utilities (water and gas) have been turned off and/or disconnected on the appliance. Read more

Damper

Refrigerator Damper Assembly

A refrigerator damper assembly removed from the housing inside the refrigerator.

The damper controls the amount of cold air that enters the refrigerator from the freezer. If the damper is stuck open then the refrigerator will become too cold which can freeze the food inside. Check the damper to make sure it can open and close properly. You will need to Continue reading

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Troubleshooting a Dryer That Won’t Start

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