After a tiring day, everyone wants to sip cold water after returning home. But, what if you discover that the drink is not cold enough. It is a clear indication that the fridge is not cooling. What should you do if the refrigerator gets broken?
Many refrigerators’ problems need professional assistance for resolving. However, if there is a problem that occurs with your refrigerator, you shouldn’t immediately call a technician as you can sort some basic problems.
This will surely save your money and valuable time. Therefore, if your refrigerator is not cooling, depending on the cause of the problem, here are some effective techniques that you can apply.
1. Ensure that your Refrigerator is getting Enough Power
First, you have to make sure that your fridge is getting sufficient power. A loose power cord can stop the entire fridge. In such a condition, you need first to open the refrigerator door and see if the light is on or not. If not, ensure that the power cable is plugged in correctly and thereafter check again. Still, no light? You must inspect the main electrical panel and if necessary, switch it back.
2. Inspect the Refrigerator’s Thermostat
New coolers generally set at a mid-extend temperature somewhere in the range 35 and 37 degrees Fahrenheit since that is the ideal temperature for a refrigerator, to keep food safe. The thermostat controls the inside temperature of the refrigerator, and if it gets bumped by a carton of milk or any other items, the temperature can change.
To fix the issue, you need to adjust the knob to your preferred temperature range and relish your cold drinks. Apart from this, if you have an older refrigerator, you can even buy a low-cost thermostat and set it inside the refrigerator. After that, check if any changes had been made or not.
3. Check the Seals of the Refrigerator door
In case, the refrigerator is working properly, but the magnetic seals, also known as door gaskets, are defective, the refrigerator fails to produce proper cooling. In this case, you should test the seal by putting a magnetic thing in the door and afterwards close the door.
When you pull out the door, if you feel resistance, it means that the seal is still working. However, if the magnetic seals are replaceable, then remove them and replace with a new one.
4. Clean the Air Vents
Air Vents improve the ability of the refrigerator’s cooling efficiency. Air ventilations are present inside the refrigerator. Therefore, air vents play an important role in the refrigerator cooling process.
So, if the refrigerator is not cooling, you have to make sure that proper air vents are set up inside the refrigerator near the condenser coil and compressor. You need to ensure that any foods or dust does not block the air ventilation. Besides that, cleaning the air vents and remove food obstructions can improve the efficiency of the refrigerator.
5. Clean the Refrigerator Compressor
The compressor might be located behind the refrigerator and at the bottom. The fridge compressor, compress as well as push the refrigerator vapour outside the fridge. If the compressor becomes dirty, your refrigerator might be running, but not able to produce cold air.
In such a circumstance, you are advised to replace the compressor with a new one. Now, in order to replace the compressor, you must maintain a safe distance from the suction line as well as from the compressor discharge line.
Apart from this, before losing the bolts and holding the compressor in place, you must cut the high & lower lines. Remember that the new compressor must be connected to the process line, suction line, and discharge line.
Also, before leaving the new system, you have to transfer the rubber grommets from the old compressor to the new one as well as switch over the crossover line.
6. Replace the Condenser Fan
The condenser fan is situated at the bottom of the compressor cabinet and the condenser coils. In case the condenser coil stops working, the temperature of the refrigeration can be increased as well as the compressor can be overheated.
Hence, you should ensure that the condenser fan is not being obstructed by any objects and can spin freely. It is quite possible that the dust can prevent the fan from spinning the blades the way they should.
However, if nothing restricts the fan from spinning, you might have to replace the fan motor of the condenser. From a fridge manufacturer or a local appliance parts distributor, you can buy a new fan motor.
Now, to change the fan motor, first, you should unfasten the mounting screws and then remove the assembly from the motor compartment. Besides, remove the mounting bracket that holds the blades and old motor. After that, replace it with the new fan motor.
7. Check the Evaporator Fan
Evaporator fans produce the cold air that you can feel as soon as you open the fridge door. In case, the evaporator fans stop working, your refrigerator is unable to generate cold air. Therefore, if you notice the evaporator fan has stopped working, you might have to replace the fan motor.
So, first, take out the evaporator panel at the back of the refrigerator. Next, find out the fan and take out the mounting clip, wire harness, and fan blade. Buy a new motor and install it within the wire harness. Thereafter, you need to insert the motor. Put the fan blades and reattach the mounting clip. Insert them within the evaporator panel.
Hopefully, now your refrigerator will produce cold air, and you can enjoy all your chilled drinks and preserved foods.