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08:00PM | 12/28/05
Member Since: 11/04/05
4 lifetime posts

I have a new Maytag frost-free refrigerator/ freezer. The freezer is set to its coldest setting, but the temperature seems to fluctuate from about -18 C (zero F) up to as high as -10 C (14 F).

Is this normal? I thought the fridge should keep it there within a couple of degrees, but it was -18 about 90 minutes ago and now it's at -13, probably on the way back to -10.

My understanding was that food should be kept at -18 or lower, but the fridge doesn't seem to be doing that. The freezer is only half full, but still ...



11:32AM | 12/29/05
Member Since: 11/11/02
2267 lifetime posts

The *air* temperatures in both compartments will fluctuate. The refrigerator is designed to cool *food* which will maintain a more even overall temperature longer than just short fluctuations of air temperature will be able affect.

** I thought the fridge should keep it there within a couple of degrees **

It should be able to keep food at almost constant temperature, the compartment's *air* temperature will however vary with the running of the compressor and the periodic defrost cycles.

** My understanding was that food should be kept at -18 or lower, but the fridge doesn't seem to be doing that. **

The freezer should be capable of getting to below 0°F. If it isn't, the fridge may not be installed properly (no room around it for it to 'breath') or there may be a problem with it. In the latter case, I suggest you call to have it looked into.

This how Amana (whom is now owned by Maytag) suggests measuring the freezer compartment temperature:


To check the freezer temperature, place a thermometer that reads temperatures below zero in the center of the freezer, surrounded by frozen packages, or place the thermometer in a container of cooking oil in the freezer. Wait 5 to 8 hours, then check the thermometer reading. If the temperature is not within the 0°F to 2°F range, adjust the control up or down as needed, one number at a time, and repeat the temperature check after 4 to 6 hours.



Dan O.

The Appliance Information Site



01:45PM | 12/29/05
Member Since: 11/04/05
4 lifetime posts

Makes sense. Thanks very much for the reply!



03:22PM | 11/11/14
I bought a brand new Whirlpool model WRB322DMBM with bottom freezer. I put a thermometer ( with external read, so that I could check temp without opening the doors) and loaded refer and freezer to half capacity. On third day I started watching thermometer read out and I observed the freezer temp fluctuate every 10 minutes from -8 degrees to 0 degrees. Every ten minutes or so I would check it and it would change 8 degrees back and forth.

This does not seem right. I wonder if the defrost switch or something is defective. Anyone?


02:58PM | 08/12/18
My new Whirlpool top-freezer on the 4th day fluctuates from -3 to 10 degrees. I open the door to check, and it is "steaming" as though there were dry ice in there. Hope somebody can tell us if this is normal. (Mine has just 4 packages of food arranged around the thermometer.)


12:40PM | 09/11/19
Member Since: 09/11/19
1 lifetime posts
I have a brand new Whirlpool Fridge/Freezer. Using a digital probe, the fridge, set at #6 (2nd coldest of 7 settings), the probe shows the temp fluctuating from upper 37's to mid 41's in a typical 24 hour period. What would the normal variation be? Being a new unit, I don't understand why we should have to use the coldest setting. Appliance Tec, the warranty service isn't being very helpful at this time. Thanks for any advice.


08:56PM | 02/11/20
35 to 45 degrees.....please know this is the way all refrigerator work!!!!....unit goes in to defrost 3 times a day....the average temp is 35 to 45.....if u want to drive you self crazzy then check out temp all the time.......stop being nuts....see this so many times with people.......know this for a fact. When u wake up check temp in the morning....if 35 to 45.....stop all is ok and enjoy u refri.

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