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6 Common Reasons Why Your Refrigerator Won’t Cool

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Your refrigerator is one of the most important appliances in your home. It keeps your food cold and fresh, and it’s essential for keeping your food safe. So if your refrigerator won’t cool properly, it can be a big problem. Let us show you some common reasons why your refrigerator might not be cooling properly and we provide some tips on how to fix the problem.

Possible Reasons Why Your Refrigerator Won’t Cool

Acting quickly to diagnose the problem is the best way to save your perishable food from spoiling. Start with these known culprits of refrigerator cooling issues.

The door is not sealed properly.

One common reason why your refrigerator won’t cool properly is that the door is not sealing all the way. If the door is not sealed properly, cold air can escape and warm air can enter. This can cause the temperature inside the refrigerator to rise and make it unable to keep your food cool.

To fix this problem, you will need to check the door seal and make sure it is tight. Wipe the seal down with a clean cloth and inspect it for any tears or warping. You may need to replace the door seal if it is damaged.

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The condenser coils are dirty.

The condenser coils are responsible for dissipating heat from the refrigerator. If they are dirty, they will not be able to dissipate heat properly and the refrigerator will not stay cool.

To clean condenser coils, you will need to unplug the refrigerator and remove the back panel. Once you have access to the coils, you will need to clean them with a brush and vacuum cleaner hose attachment.

The evaporator coils are frozen.

The evaporator coils are responsible for absorbing heat from the air inside the refrigerator. If they are frozen, they will not be able to absorb heat properly and the refrigerator won’t cool.

To defrost the coils, you will need to unplug the refrigerator and turn off the ice maker. You will then need to locate the coils and use a hairdryer to melt the ice. This could be a sign of a larger problem though, so we recommend a diagnosis from a refrigeration repair expert.

The air vents are blocked.

The air vents are responsible for circulating air between the freezer and refrigerator compartments. If you’re finding your refrigerator not cold enough, they may be blocked, and the air will not be able to circulate. To fix this problem, you will need to locate the air vents and clear any obstructions.

The thermostat is set too high.

The thermostat controls the temperature inside the refrigerator. If it is set too high, you’ll end up with a refrigerator not cold enough to keep food cool. To fix this problem, you will need to adjust the thermostat to a lower setting.

The freezer or fridge is too full.

If the fridge or freezer is too full, they will not be able to fully circulate air and the refrigerator will not stay cool. To fix this problem, you will need to remove some items from the fridge or freezer. Try to keep the fridge and freezer at around 3/4 capacity or less and see if that fixes your problem.

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There is a problem with the compressor.

The compressor is responsible for circulating refrigerant through the refrigerator. If the compressor is not working, the refrigerator will not be able to cool. To fix this problem, you will need to call a qualified technician.

As you can see, there are a few common reasons why your refrigerator won’t cool properly. We hope these tips have helped you troubleshoot the issue! And remember, if you ever need a professional to fix your refrigerator, Handler Appliance is just a quick phone call away!