Two days ago my refrigerator stopped cooling. At first, I thought someone accidentally left the freezer door ajar, and that this was the reason why the frozen blueberries I took out were partly thawed yesterday morning (which was a stupid assumption on my part, I now know). I simply took some blueberries for my smoothie, put them back, and firmly closed the freezer door.
Unfortunately for me, I went out of town for most of yesterday, and did not realize until last night that the problem was not with a door left open, but that the fridge was no longer cooling. This became clear to me when my husband opened the refrigerator and said there was water dripping from the ice maker (our model has the ice maker in the fridge part, not the freezer). A light bulb went on, and I realized we had a bigger problem.
Fortunately for me, it was an easy fix. After some research online, I found a possible solution that worked. My refrigerator is now cooling again.
This led me to wonder about what the best refrigerator temperature should be. Who knows if it was cold enough prior to this problem, but I want to make sure my food stays cold enough going forward.
With some research, I found that the ideal temperature range for the fridge part is between 35° and 38° F. Any warmer and foods may spoil too fast, which can cause food poisoning when eaten. Any colder and foods may actually freeze. As for the freezer, the ideal temperature is about 0° F. I will use my food thermometer to make sure the best temp is reached before I restock the fridge.
So, now I know what I need to set my refrigerator and freezer temperatures at. With that, I am off to go give my fridge a good cleaning before I refill it with food (we have an extra fridge in the garage, which is currently overflowing with the food from our kitchen refrigerator!).