Refrigerator - Temperature Stabilization Period

At initial startup the fresh food and freezer temperature controls should be set at the recommended settings or mid-point settings as indicated in your Owner's Manual.

  • On average, it takes a refrigerator about 24 hours to reach a stable temperature upon initial startup or each time the settings are changed on the temperature controls.

  • If the fresh food or freezer compartment is less than 3/4 (three-quarters) full or if the doors are opened frequently, it may take longer than 24 hours for the refrigerator's temperature to stabilize.


To ensure that the refrigerator reaches a stable temperature within 24 hours, fill it 3/4 full with food or anything else that will take up space in the refrigerator such as containers of water, canned goods or boxed goods. Limit door openings during the initial 24 hour period.


If there is no sign of cooling within this time, it is recommended that service be contacted. For service, please schedule an appointment with GE Appliances Factory Service.