8 Steps to Take When Your Refrigerator is Not Cooling

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Just like any appliance, your refrigerator may sometimes break down. One of the most common refrigerator problems is a lack of cooling. You may feel warm air when you open the door, or you may notice that your food is spoiling more quickly than it used to.There are several possible reasons your refrigerator isn’t cooling. Some are easy to fix, while others will require the services of a refrigerator repair technician.

Check the Power

If your refrigerator isn’t cooling, it’s possible that the power cord has simply become loose. Check behind your refrigerator and make sure the power cord is still firmly plugged into the wall. You should also check your electrical panel and confirm that the main breaker for your refrigerator has not been tripped.

Check the Thermostat

The ideal temperature range for a refrigerator is between 35 and 37 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s possible for milk cartons and other items in the refrigerator to bump into the thermostat dial and change the temperature. Even a digital thermostat can be accidentally changed. If your refrigerator is too warm, check the thermostat and make sure it’s set to the correct temperature. If the thermostat is set correctly, have your refrigerator inspected by a repair technician.

Check the Door Seals

Much like weather stripping keeps cool air inside your house, the rubber door seals (also called door gaskets) on your refrigerator door keep cold air in your refrigerator. Door seals may become loose or brittle over time. If the door seals are damaged, cold air inside the refrigerator will escape. Consult your owner’s manual to find the proper replacement door gaskets.

Inspect the Door Switch

In order to conserve energy, many modern refrigerators stop actively cooling if the door is open. This feature is controlled by a door switch, which lifts up when the door opens and is pushed down when the door closes. If your door switch is faulty, the refrigerator will not start cooling when the door is closed.It’s easy to test your door switch. Simply press the switch while the refrigerator door is open. If the refrigerator’s light does not turn off, your door switch is not working properly.   

Clear the Vents

Cold air circulates through vents between the refrigerator compartment and the freezer compartment. This circulation process is critical to keep your refrigerator cool. If the airflow is blocked, the refrigerator will not be able to cool properly. Ensure that the vents in your refrigerator and freezer are kept clear. The vents are usually found along a side wall or a back wall, depending on the brand and model of your appliance. Check your owner’s manual if you’re unsure where your vents are located.  

Clean the Condenser Coils

The refrigerator’s condenser coils are found either on the back of the refrigerator or across the bottom. The compressor produces warm gas that later cools and absorbs heat from the refrigerator. The hot gas is carried by the refrigerator’s condenser coils. If your condenser coils become clogged, they may not be able to keep your refrigerator cold enough. Fortunately, simply cleaning the condenser coils may solve the problem.

Check the Condenser Fan

The condenser fan cools the refrigerator’s condenser coils and compressor. If the condenser fan does not work properly, the compressor may overheat and the refrigerator will not cool. Make sure the condenser fan is able to spin freely and isn’t obstructed. If the fan is spinning properly, the condenser’s motor may need to be replaced.

Call for Refrigerator Repair

If you’re still unable to resolve the problem after trying the above suggestions, you’ll need help from a repair specialist. Accredited Appliance of Arizona provides appliance repair in Scottsdale, AZ, and the surrounding areas. Contact us now to schedule a service.

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