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Old Today, 06:50 AM
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Originally Posted by Stoke View Post
This thread is pretty OCD. Is it real?
No and yes. Well thats what forums are for. Heres the summary, my fridge broke 5 days ago. Instead of repairing it I decided to buy a new one hoping to find a fridge that gets really really cold like a smacking 34 degrees F so that milk and other foods stay as fresh and long lasting as they possibly can. The problem was ALL, yes ALL the refridgerators online that I came across (quite alot) do not list the coldest temperatures that fridges are capable to reach (except for 1 that had its own site and on youtube but is too expensive). I wanted something simple, a fridge that can get as cold as 34 degrees fahrenheit and stay that way (for $999 Canadian or less) as my other fridges were not able, yet on line stores don't feel its important to provide that info. Thats why I had to come here and was asking if anyone knew FOR A FACT which models get the fridge very cold at 34 since they don't list the temps in the specs which they should for every single fridge no matter how low in price.

I then had a change of mind (I didn't want to spend another $1000 then find out the fridge only hits 40 like what happened to me (not 4 years ago) 8 years ago when I bought a brand new refridgerator as the manager on the phone informed me all his fridges in his warehouse only reach 40 maximum in coldness and therefore I couldn't exchange it on his bill), and decided to get my refridgerator repaired for only $160 (since the refrigerator is only 12 years old [had it for 4 years so far-came with new home] and a really good one, so its worth a repair).

This service guy preformed a job far above the call of duty, not only he fixed it (it was a simple replacement fix of temp control on off switch in fridge), when he learned my huge dissapointment that it only got to 40 degrees and my past history of refridgerators (as you all did on this forum), he found a way around the system (as I often do) and made a huge huge improvement to the air flow to guarantee me 100% it will get as cold as I want it to in the fridge. He removed the (non electrical but only mechanical) air damper control black plastic oval-like shape item in the freezer (the round outer white plastic knob was broken anyways) thus allowing a total free zone of cold air to enter fridge and freezer, all I need to do is adjust the temp control to my liking in the fridge.

Its been almost 24 hours since the repair, I have the temp control in the fridge set at 5/6 towards the coldest setting and my extremely accurate digital thermometer reads 34.1 degrees F in the fridge (at top shelf), and the freezer is also perfect, everything frozen yet the ice cream is slightly soft enough to dip a spoon in it, not like a rock before. Everything is perfect, and I only had to pay $160. Mission accomplished

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Old Today, 08:05 AM
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I have a 3 year old LG fridge. It has a digital display for both freezer and refrigerator. I have it set at 36. For the OP living in Canada it has a Celsius setting too. I do think something is wrong with the OPs refrigerator if it only goes to 40. It may need to be replaced.
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Old Today, 08:05 AM
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So, a simple $160 repair made you happy. Wasn't that an easiest solution? Calling a professional almost always beats buying new appliance.

Most people who buy budget appliances don't care for a very particular temperature settings. Obviously also most buyers are happy with the cooling system or spend more on more sophisticated products.
As explained on my post, only top shelf and laboratory refrigerators have/need the fine tuning.
I also have a bit hard time believing that all fridges you checked cool only to 40F degrees on the coldest setting.

As also explained on my post #32 - there are many factors influencing the temperature inside a fridge. Yours probably was impacted by one of them.

Anyway, glad that YOUR problem is solved. As far as I can remember there wasn't thread posted about your issue here, on our forums. So, it's safe to assume that's not a common issue.
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