Whirlpool side-by-side refrigerators require more space than other models. These types of refrigerators are usually taller than top-mount models, and more lateral space is needed to open both doors, because they open in opposite directions. Whirlpool side-by-side refrigerators range from 31 to 36 inches wide by 66 to 69 inches tall. They measure between 28 and 34 inches deep. This makes them a bit narrow for larger items such as pizza boxes. Some models feature adjustable shelves that allow owners to configure the interior storage space to their needs. The available temperature settings vary according to model.
Side-by-side models that use knob controls to change the temperature have the controls mounted above the storage area inside the refrigerator compartment. Turn the controls clockwise to lower the temperature and counterclockwise to raise the temperature. The refrigerator and freezer have separate controls. Freezer settings range from 1 to 4 and refrigerator settings range from 1 to 6, with 1 being the lowest, or warmest, setting.
Slide controls are mounted inside the refrigerator compartment. The refrigerator and freezer use separate slides to regulate the each compartment's temperature. Slide the control to the right to decrease the temperature and to the left to increase the temperature. The unit comes set to midpoints that have no number for both the freezer and refrigerator. Both controls range from 1 to 4, with 4 being the coldest setting for both compartments.
Compartment-Mounted Digital Controls
Certain models feature digital controls mounted inside the refrigerator compartment. These controls make use of up-and-down arrows or plus-and-minus signs to increase and decrease the interior temperature, which is displayed on a digital screen. The units come set to -17.8 degrees Celsius and 2.78 degrees Celsius for the freezer and refrigerator, respectively. The freezer may be set anywhere from 5 degrees below zero Fahrenheit to 0-15 degrees Celsius. The refrigerator temperature ranges from 0.556 degrees Celsius to 5 degrees Celsius.
Door-Mounted Digital Controls
Models with door-mounted digital controls require a two-step process to adjust the temperatures of the refrigerator and freezer. Press and hold the "Temperature" button to enter the temperature settings mode, then use the appropriate buttons to adjust the temperatures of each compartment. The refrigerator temperature settings are adjusted by pressing the "Fast Ice/Cool" and "Lock" buttons to increase and decrease the temperature respectively. Use the "Light" and "Ice" buttons to increase and decrease the temperature of the freezer. The refrigerator temperature settings range from 0.556 degrees Celsius to 7.22 degrees Celsius; the freezer temperature ranges from minus 0-15 degrees Celsius to 0-15 degrees Celsius. The factory presets are 0-17.778 degrees Celsius and 2.78 degrees Celsius for the freezer and refrigerator, respectively.
On some models, electronic controls are mounted inside the refrigerator compartment. These controls are adjusted by pressing the "Cold" and "Colder" buttons of the desired compartment. The settings range from 1 to 7, with 7 being the coldest. The factory settings for this type of unit come preset to 4 for both the refrigerator and the freezer.