Is your refrigerator is not cooling ? Before you call the repairman, here are a few simple things to check first.
First, make sure your appliance is getting power. Does the light come on in your fridge when you open it?
Next, check your freezer. Is your freezer still cold? If so, make sure the vents on the back of your freezer are not blocked. Cold air is made in your freezer and circulated into your refrigerators via this vent. If the vent is blocked by packages of frozen foods, then it might by why your refrigerator is warmer than normal.
Also, if you notice your freezer’s back panel has a layer of frost, this could be a sign of a defrost issue. Frost build-up is a sign that the coils behind the back panel of your freezer are not defrosting. This could be due to a bad defrost timer, heater or defrost thermostat.
Next, check your refrigerator condensor coils (be sure to unplug your refrigerator first!) to make sure they are not dirty or covered in pet hair. If it’s been a while since your cleaned your refrigerator coils (or never) and if you have pets, you could have a whole bunch of dust and pet hair covering your refrigerator’s coils preventing it from dissipating heat.
After cleaning your coils with a refrigerator coil cleaning brush, plug your fridge back in and see if it cooling. You might want to buy a refrigerator thermometer to make note of the temperature inside your fridge. The temperature inside your refrigerator should be between 34 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit (optimum 37 degrees Fahrenheit).
Check the temperature controls and settings on your refrigerator. Make sure they are set properly in case they were changed accidentally.
Check the gasket or seal around your refrigerator. If it is loose, cracked or sagging, then cold air is escaping from your fridge. Other signs that your door gasket is the problem include:
- sweating or condensation inside your fridge
- ice forming on the freezer walls
- temperatures inside refrigerator is warmer than normal
To test the seal on your refrigerator, take a dollar bill and close it in the door of your refrigerator or freezer. Pull on the dollar and see if you can feel any tension or grip. Tension or grip indicates a tight seal. Do this test along different parts of the door. If the seal is not tight, then this could mean either you need a new gasket or the door needs adjustment.
If none of the above suggestions are the reason for your refrigerator not getting cold, then there could be a number of other issues going on with your appliance, including problems with the compressor, temperature control thermostat, main control board, evaporator fan or condensor fan.