Why Is My Fridge Not Getting Cold

Updated on April 23, 2022

Clogged coils can cause poor cooling. Check to make sure nothing is stuck in the condenser fan and that it spins freely (models with coils on the back won’t have a fan). To do this, unplug the fridge and pull it out. Clean the fan blades and spin the fan by hand to see if it’s stuck.

Why Is My Fridge Not Getting Cold

In order to figure out if your fridge or freezer is working properly, you should know how cold it should be: “How cold should a refrigerator be?” For a refrigerator to be safe, it should be kept at around 40 degrees Fahrenheit, while a freezer should be kept at zero degrees Fahrenheit.

Having trouble keeping your food fresh in your refrigerator? Mr. Appliance’s experts can assist you in determining the source of your potential issue, guide you through the repair process, and let you know when it’s best to leave it to the professionals.

Prioritizing the Easier Stuff

The fact that your fridge isn’t cool doesn’t mean that it’s malfunctioning in any way. These “simple solutions” can save you from having to have an awkward talk with a repair specialist and from paying for services that you don’t require.

  1. It’s not connected in, thus it’s not cooling. Even though it sounds stupid, an astonishing number of people make snap judgments without first verifying that their refrigerator has power. Those folks should not be among your contemporaries.
  2. The temperature has been lowered. Trust us when we say this is a no-brainer. Locate your thermostat and make sure it’s set to the correct temperature before continuing. Temperature controls are typically positioned in the back of freezer/refrigerators, while over-under units are much more likely to have thermostats located under the fridge.
  3. I can’t get the door to shut all the way, please help. The doors and seals should be double checked. No, it doesn’t turn on and off when you close and open it. A malfunctioning door could result if this is the case. If your fridge door seal is compromised by a gasket tear, warm or humid air might flow inside your refrigerator. Make sure your fridge doesn’t overheat by replacing the gasket if it has ripped.
  4. It’s impossible for the chilly air to circulate. As a result, cold air may be prevented from flowing through your refrigerator if cartons of food are covering the vents. Get rid of any food that may be obstructing airflow and making your refrigerator less efficient.

If you run through this checklist and your refrigerator or freezer temperature still isn’t where it should be, you could be facing a more complicated issue. There are signs that indicate your warming fridge is more of an issue than an overcrowded freezer – and our team tells you what to look for!

Refrigerator Problems and How to Repair Them

It’s not always as simple as putting a warm drink in the fridge. The problem could be caused by a variety of factors. It can be difficult to pinpoint the source of a problem with a malfunctioning part. Listed here are some of the most frequent fridge and freezer difficulties, as well as how to remedy them, by our Mr. Appliance professionals.

Refrigerator Compressor

Refrigerant vapor is pushed into the coils outside of the refrigerator by the compressor, which compresses and forces it. After a while, the pushed and squeezed hot gas cools and absorbs heat from freezer and refrigerators.

You may have a faulty compressor or a defective compressor start relay if your freezer fans are still working but your fridge isn’t getting cold.

  • You’ll find it at the bottom of your fridge, behind the freezer. Black, tank-like parts are found here. Relay that feeds power cord into compressor is called a compressor start relay. To get to both compartments, you’ll have to remove the fridge from the wall. Before you begin, be certain that your refrigerator is not connected to any electrical sources.
  • To resolve this, it is significantly easier and cheaper to replace the compressor start relay. Relays are inexpensive and can help determine if you need to buy a new compressors or your current problem has been resolved by simply purchasing and testing a new relay. To replace the compressor, you must first properly detach the suction and discharge lines from the compressor. Before removing the compressor’s bolts, you’ll need to remove the electric package and cut the high and low lines. The ground wire can be removed by relocating the component closer to the point of access. Suction, discharge, and the process lines all need to be attached to your new compressor. In order to secure the lines, welds will be required. The rubber grommet from your previous compressor should be transferred over, as well as the crossover line, before the new system is evacuated and the new charge is dumped into the new compressor and system.

Condenser Coils

Evaporator coils get the hot gas from the compressor through condenser coils. The refrigerant cools and returns to a liquid state as it flows through the coils under high pressure. Condenser coils might become clogged, reducing the refrigerator’s capacity to keep food chilled.

  • Condenser coils can be found on the bottom or back of the refrigerator. They go from the compressor to the freezer via this path.
  • Your coils may need to be cleaned out if they’re clogged. Before removing the toe grill, disconnect the refrigerator from the power source (see your owner’s manual to see if your toe grill may be pulled directly off without any additional steps). Brush off the dust that has accumulated in the condenser coils with a coil brush. The toe grill can be reinstalled after you’ve vacuumed out the dust.


When All Else Fails

If you can’t figure out what’s wrong or don’t know how to fix or replace mechanical parts, don’t hesitate to call a professional. If you’re not familiar with kitchen appliances, we strongly advise against disassembling your refrigerator. As well as potentially damaging your expensive device, this might also be quite hazardous.

At Mr. Appliance, we have a team of repair experts who know how to fix your appliance swiftly and effectively. Our wide repair services can assist you if your refrigerator isn’t chilling properly or if you’re having other problems.

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