How To Fix Refrigerator Not Cooling

Here’s how to fix a broken refrigerator that has lost its cold sensation. This step-by-step tutorial will walk you through identifying the issue and perhaps resolving it on your own. Even if the repair requires a professional, you’ll be able to demonstrate the issue, saving them time and money.

Tools Needed

Set of sockets and ratchets

Wire cutter/stripper

Required Materials:

Condenser fan and/or evaporator fan

The Fridge Isn’t Cooling?

  • When a refrigerator fails to keep your milk cold or your ice cream frozen, there are various probable explanations. If your refrigerator isn’t chilling or your freezer isn’t working, consider these basic remedies before moving on to more complicated repairs:
  • Check to see that the refrigerator is plugged in and receiving electricity. When you open the door, the light should turn on.
  • Make sure the thermostat hasn’t been cranked all the way down by accident. If the thermostat in your refrigerator or freezer isn’t working, check out these simple to install thermostats on Amazon.
  • Make sure the vents on the rear of the freezer compartment aren’t obstructed by ice cream cartons or frozen vegetables—cold air needs to flow freely.
  • Under or behind the fridge, vacuum the coils. Poor cooling can be caused by clogged coils.
  • Make sure the condenser fan isn’t jammed and that it spins freely (models with coils on the rear won’t have a fan). To do so, disconnect the refrigerator and remove it. To test if the fan is stuck, clean the blades and spin it by hand. Connect the refrigerator to the power source and ensure sure the fan is on when the compressor is running. If the fan won’t turn on, follow the instructions below to replace it.

Replace the Evaporator Fan in the Refrigerator:

If your refrigerator isn’t chilling, here are some troubleshooting steps to assist you figure out what’s wrong. The problem is most likely frost-clogged evaporator coils or a jammed or damaged evaporator fan if you can hear the compressor operating but the fridge isn’t cooling. When evaporator fans start to fail, they shriek or chirp. If the noise becomes louder when you open the freezer door, you know it’s the evaporator fan. In the freezer section, the evaporator coils and fan are hidden under a cover.

Remove everything from the freezer and fridge, disconnect it, and let it thaw for 24 to 48 hours if you remove the lid inside the freezer and discover the coils totally covered with frost. Keep a few towels on hand to absorb any water that could spill onto the floor. Reconnect the fridge once all of the frost has gone away. It might be a defrost timer, defrost heater, or defrost thermostat if it works. It’s not difficult to replace these parts, but determining which one is defective necessitates troubleshooting that we won’t go into here. If you suspect a problem with these parts, contact a professional.

When the thermostat asks for greater cooling, the refrigerator condenser fan and compressor, which are positioned near the floor on the back of most refrigerators, turn on. If you don’t hear the compressor operating after leaving the door open for a long, it’s possible the condenser fan is stuck or worn out, or the relay or compressor is malfunctioning. Find out how to replace the evaporator fan in the video below.

If the condenser fan is loud or not working, it should be replaced. You may need to remove the fan bracket first, then detach the fan from the bracket, depending on your fridge repair.

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