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Sub-Zero 500 Series Temperature Control


  • Change the temperatures on a 500 Series Sub-Zero
  • Can the unit be turned off?
  • How to disable one section of a 500 Series unit


The temperature can be adjusted on the 500 Series units.

  • Turn the temperature control knob clockwise or counterclockwise to change the temperature setting.
  • The higher the number, the colder the temperature.
  • For a dial control, set the dial between 4 – 6 for normal temperatures. 1 is warmest, and 10 is coldest.
  • A recommended setting between 4 and 6 will produce temperatures near 38°F in the refrigerator and 0°F in the freezer. See also, Sub-Zero Refrigerator and Freezer Temperature Settings.
  • To turn off one or both sections of a unit, see 500 Series Manual Zone Disable.

Different models have the temperature controls in different places:


532, 542, and 561 Freezer

The freezer control is on the freezer panel just above the ice drawer. To adjust, pull the drawer out. On the left side of the panel, turn the control dial until the desired setting appears on the panel.

532, 542, and 561 Refrigerator

The refrigerator control is on the back wall of the refrigerator near the top right.

511 and 550The refrigerator and freezer controls are both on the back wall of the refrigerator near the top. The refrigerator control is on the right and the freezer control is on the left.
501F and 501RThe temperature control for each model is on the back wall of the unit near the top right.
590The refrigerator and freezer controls are both inside the refrigerator section on the left side.

See also:

Refer to the product Use and Care Guide for further information.

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