Originally Posted by carrotmalt
So looking at the diagram, it looks like I'd be loosening (lefty loosy
) the screw to get it above freezing right? In your experience, how many turns should I start off with for my first stab at 40 degrees?
If you note the diagram, +40F is probably about as high as it will go when completely backed off (since refrigerators are supposed to stay colder than 40 for the most part.)
Back the coarse adjustment out as far as it will go (it should stop.)
Put in a thermometer--I like a bit of mass to stabilize the reading, so I use a half-gallon of water.
Turn the unit on it's highest temperature setting with the fine adjustment knob--turn it on to the first number.
Run for 2-4 hours and check the temperature about every half hour or so after the first 2 hours, when it's stabilized, it should be right around +40. If the temp is too low, I'm not sure what to do, but if it is too high, adjust it with the fine adjustment in steps until you hit the desired temperature. If you adjust the fine adjustment all the way and are still too warm, then turn the coarse adjustment screw inward again a couple turns and measure again.
The temp range for most freezers is factory set so that the high temperature is around 0F. The lowest possible temperature is probably around -40, the highest possible temperature is around 40F.
Having written this while working on a 9yo Kenmore(253-Frigidaire/Electrolux) i cursed myself.
This particular unit fully backed out, runs @15F, so I've ordered an external control....