Question about Danby 3.6 cu. ft. / 102 liter Chest Freezer Millenium DCF401W

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Temperature control I just got a Danby DCF401W 25IN Chest freezer - 3.6 Cu.ft w/ basket. How do I control the temp. I see the dial front right bottom of freezer. if I turn it counter clockwise the strip goes lighter and clockwise goes darker. Which way is colder and where should I have the dial pointing.

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  • queenanika Nov 30, 2008

    that answer didnt help me. Should the dial point at the darker blue or the whiter area closer to "turning it off" position.?


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I have a danby mini fridge and freezer and noticed the same problem. The temperature dial has NO NUMBERS ON IT! it just has a strip that goes from light to dark blue. That's it. I looked in the manual and it doesn't say anywhere which way is makes sense that the darker the blue the colder the temperature but why keep us guessing?

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Turning the dial to the right (clockwise) will lower the temperature. Turning it to the left (counterclockwise) will raise it. Higher numbers on the thermostat knob indicate colder temperatures. If the thermostat is turned to the extreme left until it 'clicks' ('off' position) then the power to the compressor will be switched off.

In control position 1 the freezer temp will be around -10 C (+14 F). In position 7 the freezer will run continuously, giving a food temp of around -23 C (-10 F), depending on room temp.

Recommended control setting is between 4 and 5 on the control knob.

You'll find a user's manual with all the above at

this page on the Danby site

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Dark blue is colder. Light gradient blue is warmer.

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My Danby mini fridge DOES NOT HAVE ANY NUMBERS! Just a white-to-blue gradient colored strip. Which way is colder?! toward the blue, or toward the white?

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