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The Ultimate Checklist for Fixing a Refrigerator That’s Not Cooling

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My refrigerator not cooling

A malfunctioning refrigerator can make it challenging to keep your food fresh and safe to eat. If your fridge is not cooling properly, there could be several reasons why. Here’s a checklist to help you diagnose the issue and potentially fix it yourself, or know when it’s time to call in a professional technician.

The first step in diagnosing a refrigerator that’s not cooling is to check for power and circuitry issues. Make sure the fridge is plugged in and the outlet is working correctly. If you’ve confirmed that there are no electrical issues, check the circuit breaker to see if it has been tripped. Reset it if necessary. Additionally, inspect the power cords and wiring for any damage or fraying that could prevent proper power flow to the appliance. If you still can’t find any electrical problems, move on to checking other possible causes such as temperature controls and evaporator coils.

One of the most common reasons why a refrigerator may not be cooling properly is due to incorrect temperature settings. Check that the thermostat is set correctly and adjusted to the appropriate temperature for your fridge model. If it’s not, adjust it accordingly and wait a few hours to see if this solves the issue. Additionally, make sure that the vents inside the fridge are not blocked by food or other items as this can restrict airflow and cause cooling problems. By ensuring that your temperature settings are correct, you can prevent additional issues from occurring with your fridge and keep your food fresh for longer.

The condenser coils are a crucial component of your refrigerator’s cooling system. They are responsible for releasing heat that has been removed from inside the fridge. Over time, these coils can become clogged with dust, debris, and other particles, which can restrict airflow and cause your fridge to work harder than it needs to in order to maintain cool temperatures. You should check the condenser coils regularly and if they’re dirty or blocked, clean them with a vacuum cleaner or coil cleaning brush. This simple step can improve the efficiency of your fridge and help prevent future cooling issues.
The evaporator fan is responsible for circulating cool air throughout your refrigerator’s interior. If this fan isn’t functioning correctly, it can lead to temperature imbalances and uneven cooling. To check whether the evaporator fan is working properly, open your fridge’s door and listen for the sound of the fan running. If you don’t hear anything, it’s possible that the fan motor has failed or there’s an issue with the wiring or control board. In this case, it’s best to call a professional technician to diagnose and repair the problem. However, if you do hear the fan running but feel little to no cold air coming out of your vents, there may be something obstructing the flow of air (like ice build-up). Try defrosting your fridge before checking again to see if the airflow improves as your frost-affected parts get back to their normal operation.
One common issue that can cause a refrigerator to not cool properly is faulty door gaskets. Over time, the rubber around the doors can become worn or damaged, allowing warm air to enter and cold air to escape. To check if your gaskets are functioning properly, close the door on a piece of paper or dollar bill, and try to pull it out. If there’s little resistance, the seal may be compromised. To fix this problem, you can clean the gaskets with warm soapy water and replace them if necessary. You can find replacement gaskets at most hardware stores or online retailers, just make sure you get the right size and type for your model of refrigerator.


Fridge maintenance
My refrigerator not cooling

  • Keep your fridge clean: Often  clean your fridge to prevent the accumulation of dirt, dust, and food particles. Use a mild detergent and warm water to clean the interior and exterior of the fridge.

  • Keep the temperature consistent: Make certain that the temperature inside your fridge is consistent. Ideally, the temperature should be between 35 and 38 degrees Fahrenheit. Any temperature above 40 degrees Fahrenheit can lead to food spoilage.

  • Don’t overload the fridge: Avoid overloading your fridge with  food. Overpacking your fridge  can cause the appliance  to work harder and consume more energy, which can shorten its lifespan.

  • Keep the fridge well-ventilated:  Ensure that the fridge is well-ventilated and has enough space to circulate air around it. Avoid placing the fridge in direct sunlight or near a heat source.

  • Check the door seals: Check the door seals regularly to make sure they are tight and in good condition. Loose or damaged seals can cause air leaks and cause the fridge to work harder than it needs to.

  • Keep the condenser coils clean: The condenser coils at the back of the fridge should be cleaned at least twice a year to prevent dust and dirt from accumulating. This will help the fridge work more efficiently and prolong its lifespan.

  • Use the fridge wisely: Use your fridge wisely by avoiding leaving the door open for too long and not putting hot food in it. Hot food can cause the fridge to work harder and consume more energy.

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