Temperature Stabilization Of A Mini Fridge

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Mini or compact refrigerators are extremely helpful to have. They let you keep medicines cool but separate from food, keep your own food separate from that of sneaky housemates, or have an extra snack fridge in your home office. However, keeping the temperature stable in these refrigerators can be tricky, and in fact, it may at first seem nearly impossible to strike a good balance between keeping things appropriately cold and not freezing everything in the refrigerator compartment. But before you call for warranty repairs or try to return the refrigerator, give it some time and take these tips into consideration.

The First Day or So

When you first get the fridge, you have to let it sit upright for about a day before you plug it in and turn it on to let the coolant settle after all the jostling the fridge experienced during shipping. But then you have to wait another day after you finally turn on the fridge so that the interior has time to cool down. If you turn on the fridge and then try to place food in it only a few hours later, you'll see big temperature swings that could impact the safety of the food.

Wait a good 24 hours after bringing the fridge home to plug it in, and then wait 24 additional hours before you put food inside after you've plugged in and turned on the fridge. That will give the refrigerator a solid start in the cool-down process without affecting food safety.

The First Month or So

You'll still see temperature swings for about the first month or so. Mini fridges are notoriously fickle, and they can take a while to settle down and provide a stable temperature. Keep the door closed as much as possible, and don't put too much in the refrigerator. Let the cold air have a chance to circulate well before you try to cram food in there.

The Effect of the Door

The smaller the refrigerator, the smaller the amount of space inside that could hold cold air. In fact, if you have a cube fridge, those really small dorm-style fridges, once you open the door, the interior will lose its cold air pretty quickly, and you'll see a thermometer inside register a fast increase in temperature. Again, keep the refrigerator door closed as much as possible. You do not want to treat this fridge like your main one that you can stand in front of, trying to look at all the food (you shouldn't do that anyway, to conserve energy, but if you do, the drop in temperature will not be as drastic as it is for the smaller refrigerator).

Packing the Top

If your refrigerator has a small freezer compartment, leave space under that compartment. The cold air from the freezer helps cool the interior of the main fridge compartment, so if you pack it with food, the cold air won't circulate effectively. Leave the space directly under the freezer relatively empty.

Compact refrigerators work well, but you do have to be prepared for them to seem a little unstable at first. Give them time; within a couple of months everything should have settled down, and you should notice the temperature becoming much more stable. If you still have problems, you could have an appliance repair company like J & M Appliance check out the fridge.

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