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Adjusting the Temperature in a Refrigerator

Your refrigerator has a control that allows you to increase or decrease the temperature for proper cooling. This is a guide about adjusting the temperature in a refrigerator.


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April 24, 20130 found this helpful

I hope someone can help me. I have an older Kenmore fridge, maybe 15 years old. It works great, but I have lost the owner's manual. I want to turn down the temperature in the fridge part. It has a manual dial from 1 to 7. Do I turn the dial to a higher number or a lower number to make it colder? It's very confusing.


By Amelia B.


April 25, 20131 found this helpful

Try searching here for a free manual for your model.
http://www.mana  mexServices_Menu

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April 26, 20130 found this helpful

7 is the coldest. 1 is the warmest.

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December 28, 20160 found this helpful

You can always put a thermometer in the fridge, and move it one setting at a time and check the thermometer. this works well to see if the settings are off any or set correctly

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December 29, 20160 found this helpful

I have a Kenmore. As the numbers go up, it gets colder

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May 26, 20190 found this helpful

Thanks that answered my question as well.
This was very helpful

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November 19, 2011

We have had a side by side refrigerator for the past 2 years. I can't say I like it, because it is much smaller in capacity than our previous one which had the freezer on the top.


Previously I had the freezer portion and the refrigerator even in temperature. For the past month of more, I lowered the freezer portion to 1-1/2 and everything is rock solid.

Can anyone explain this to me? I hate to spend the money on the service call from Sears if something can be done by us.

Thanks for your help.

By Rosalie


December 28, 20160 found this helpful

I guess I don't understand your problem. You say your freezer is freezing everything rock solid and you don't want to pay for a service call. To me, that sounds like it is doing what it is supposed to do.

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December 29, 20160 found this helpful

You should have a separate freezer control. Everything should be rock solid except ice cream. If ice cream is too hard, raise the temperature a little. If things are too soft then you may need a new thermostat.

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February 10, 20180 found this helpful

do you raise the temp higher or lower in the freezer if ice cream is to hard on a scale of one to 7 Model number 59679142992

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November 23, 2016

I have a Kenmore, model 598.628242 with a bottom freezer and top fridge. If the freezer control was accidently in the OFF position, does that keep the refrigerator from working also? Everything in the freezer was defrosting and the refrigerator was warm.


I don't have a manual and don't know where the controls should be set on the fridge and freezer. I noticed on the freezer control what looked like a little fridge icon. Does it have to be set beyond that icon for it to affect the fridge?


December 28, 20160 found this helpful

Kenmore has many of the manuals on their website. but, I don't see one for the model you listed. Are you sure you have the right model number?? go into a place that sells them, such as Lowe's or Home depot and talk to one of the sales people. They have the books loaded on their computers and can probably help you as well.

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December 29, 20160 found this helpful

I have a Kenmore side by side. The controls are completely separate. One side may be fine even if there is an issue with the other side.

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