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Your Fridge Won't Cool? 3 Common Reasons and Solutions

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If you have no idea what is wrong with your fridge, how can you fix it? Keen observation is important if you want to repair your refrigerator successfully. Is the compartment for fresh food still warming even when the freezer is cold enough? Perhaps you have noticed earlier today that the glass of milk you left in your refrigerator last night was not cold. If this is the case, you must figure out why your refrigerator is not cooling. Here are three common reasons why this might be and how you can solve the issue.

Poor Sealing of the Door Gaskets

Failure to close your refrigerator doors can allow more humid and warm air into your appliance. When this happens, excessive frosting might occur in the evaporator coils. If the frosting is too much, the defrost system might not handle it even if it (the defrost system) is functioning properly. Therefore, condensation could appear on different parts of the interior, such as the inner door panels or the section ceiling.

To solve this problem, ensure that you don't pack food inside the fridge and freezer compartments so tight that the movement of air throughout the sections is inhibited. Also, unblock any air vents, which could be on the back panel or floor or the freezer.

Dirty Condenser Coils

The condenser coils are located under your fridge. When dirty, these coils may not dissipate heat effectively. Continued buildup of debris on these coils could make your refrigerator less efficient, which means it might have to work even harder to cool down. Therefore, if these condenser coils become significantly dirty, your refrigerator might not maintain the appropriate temperature.

To take care of this problem, you can check the coils to find out whether they are dirty, and if they are, simply clean them using a vacuum cleaner or coil-cleaning brushes.

Temperature Control

It could be that your child has twisted the slider or dial that controls the temperature settings of your refrigerator. Perhaps you did it yourself unknowingly when removing or packing food in the fridge. When this occurs, if the slider or controller is labeled from low to colder or high, turn the setting to colder. However, if the slider is labeled with numbers, for instance from 1 to 5 or 7 and you are unsure of where to set it, try setting it around the middle and monitor how it works with your drinks after a couple of minutes. Higher values on the control dial might represent lower temperatures of vice versa depending on the model of your fridge, so try switching these values to set your food at temperatures you desire.  

If none of these methods fixes your problem, contact a refrigeration servicing company in your area for help.