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  • How cold it keeps the food and how often, if ever, the food spoils.
  • Purchase an appliance thermometer and test the refrigerator. Below is how you would test your appliance after a power outage. You can also use it to test efficiency. Using Appliance Thermometers Refrigerator/Freezer Thermometers Refrigerator/freezer thermometers are specially designed to provide accuracy at cold temperatures. For safety, it is important to verify the temperature of refrigerators and freezers. Refrigerators should maintain a temperature no higher than 40°F. Frozen food will hold its top quality for the longest possible time when the freezer maintains 0°F. Most refrigerators and freezers can be easily adjusted to run colder or warmer. The temperature control is usually accessible in the refrigerator part of the appliance. Check the owner’s manual for specific details on adjusting the temperature. An adjustment period is often required when changing the temperature. To measure the temperature in the refrigerator: Put the thermometer in a glass of water and place in the middle of the refrigerator. Wait 5 to 8 hours. If the temperature is not 38 to 40°F, adjust the refrigerator temperature control. Check again after 5 to 8 hours. To measure the temperature in the freezer: Place the thermometer between frozen food packages. Wait 5 to 8 hours. If the temperature is not 0 to 2°F, adjust the freezer temperature control. Check again after 5 to 8 hours. An appliance thermometer can be kept in the refrigerator and freezer to monitor the temperature at all times. This can be critical in the event of a power outage. When the power goes back on, if the refrigerator is still 40°F and the freezer is 0°F or below, the food is safe. http://www.fsis.usda.gov/FactSheets/Appliance_Thermometers/index.asp

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