Is Your Refrigerator Not Cooling? Here’s What to Do Next

It’s hard to know where to start when your refrigerator isn’t working. Problems like a refrigerator not cooling can be a real pain and possibly expensive fix.

But what can you do to troubleshoot a problem with your warm refrigerator?

Here are some things to look for and some things you can do to fix your refrigerator yourself.

First Thing’s First

There a couple of obvious things that should be first on your list to check.

Make sure your refrigerator is plugged in and there is nothing wrong with the power cord. The light should still be working when you open the door.

Check the thermostat. It may have gotten accidentally turned down. If it’s at the right setting, or it still doesn’t work when turned back up, it may be the cause of your issue. If so, replacement thermostats are relatively cheap and easy to replace.

Is your fridge packed to the gunnels? Overstuffing a refrigerator prevents cold air from properly circulating. Filling your fridge to around 3/4 full should allow sufficient airflow.

Another thing to check is that the rubber door seals are in full contact with the fridge. if a rubber seal is ripped, or if any of the door hinges are loose, it can let the cool air escape and let warmer outside air in.

Refrigerator Not Cooling?

Once you’ve ruled out those potential issues, it’s time to take a look at the fridge’s mechanical components.

If you notice your refrigerator making constant noise, or being louder than usual, the compressor may be malfunctioning. Unfortunately, if this is the case you may need the help of professional refrigeration services.

Dusty or dirty condenser coils won’t function as efficiently as clean ones. Giving the coils a clean with a small brush and vacuuming out any debris should help the coils operate normally.

If your fridge has a condenser fan, check it is still operating. It is responsible for keeping the compressor and condenser coils cool, so if it is broken you may have to replace the fan’s motor.

An evaporator fan is responsible for circulating the cool air produced by the evaporator coils through the freezer then the fridge. Usually accessible through a panel in the back of the freezer, a good clear out of any dirt and debris should help it function normally.

If that doesn’t work, you may have to replace the evaporator fan.

The air inlet damper lets cold air from the freezer pass into the fridge’s fresh food compartment. If it gets broken or clogged, it will prevent proper circulation. You may need to replace it if it doesn’t open and close correctly.

If All Else Fails

If you are still unable to diagnose the issue with your refrigerator not cooling, it’s time to get your fridge repaired by a professional.

In the Jasper, TX area, A-1 Refrigeration & Air Condition is the leading heating and cooling company. Skilled, professional technicians deliver prompt, reliable services to customers in Jasper and the lakes area.

If you need the help of a professional technician, check out our website for information on the services we provide and how to contact us.