02:26PM | 09/07/04
Member Since: 09/06/04
1 lifetime posts
GE Model TBH22zre refrigerator, food develops mold very quickly. The frig was given to me because it has and icemaker. I have the temperature settings on 6 keep my house at about 80 in the day and 75 at night. Should I lower the tempature or get the unit checked. yes I know food spoils but it only takes 5 days for stuff in tuperware to develop green mold.

Thanks in Advance



04:30PM | 09/07/04
Member Since: 11/11/02
2274 lifetime posts
The numbers you have the dials set to are irrelevant as they do not correspond to any actual temperatures. The *food temperature* in the refrigerator compartment should be between 34°F and 42°F depending on how cold you like your drinks, etc. The colder the temperature, usually the greater longevity of food.

The proper way to test the temperature of a refrigerator compartment is to put a container of water on a middle shelf and test *that water's temperature*. Each time you adjust the dial *slightly* you'll need to wait 12-24 hours to see what that water's temperature has changed to. Repeat the process until you have achieved the desired temperature, it may take a week or so.

Also, adjusting the freezer temperature will effect the refrigerator compartment's temperature as well. If you've set the fridge dial as cold as it will go and that compartment is still too warm, you may need to set the freezer's temperature colder, back off the fridge compartment's dial and start the process all over again.

If you get to the point where both dials have to be set at or very near their maximum, there may be a problem in the refrigerator that needs to be looked into. See the following link - especially numbers 1 & 2 which should be done *before* temperature problems become apparent.

Keep your refrigerator humming:


BTW. I suggest you throw out any plastic containers in which mold has previously developed.


Dan O.

The Appliance Information Site



04:10PM | 03/10/13
I have an older Kenmore side by side refrigerator, the freezer is working fine but the fridge won't go below 46 degrees. The freezer reads 10 degrees with a thermostat and the fridge 46. Do you have any suggestions?


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