Why is my refrigerator not cooling?
A common problem that maybe an indication of a major issue
Refrigerators are a necessity, and their prime function is to help store food and keep them safe to eat. Anyone’s who has used a refrigerator for a long time will have encountered a time when their appliance just stops cooling. It may be a common enough problem, but it could just be an indication at a far bigger issue. Here's our guide that covers reasons behind your fridge not cooling, and how you can solve them.
Reasons why your refrigerator has stopped cooling
From a basic coil leakage to a faulty compressor, there are several reasons for your fridge not cooling. Listed below are some of the most common reasons.
Dirty or faulty condenser coils
When the refrigerant is condensed, heat from the refrigerant is released out of the refrigerator through the condenser coils. But if these coils are covered in dirt, heat is trapped and may lead to reduced cooling. Also in case, the condenser coil has leakage, heat cannot escape out of the refrigerator
Compressor is among the most important parts, which is responsible for all the refrigeration and regulation. If the compressor is not running at its usual pace, the cooling process also reduces leading to the refrigerator not getting cooled.
Refrigeration vents blocked
If the cooling vents are blocked due to the food kept in front of them, ultimately the air won't circulate inside the refrigerator and it won't cool efficiently.
Faulty condenser fan
Something may get stuck in the condenser fan and it may lead to dysfunctioning of the fan, eventually resulting in lower amount of heat liberated out of the refrigerator. It keeps the fridge less cool.
What should you do now?
In most cases, the problem of the refrigerator not getting cooled can be solved manually. Usually, such refrigerators don't require a replacement and can be back to normal with a simple repairing job.
- Adjust the food items inside in a way that they don’t block the cooling vents.
- Clean the condenser fan and make sure nothing is stuck there.
- Thoroughly clean the condenser coils using a condenser brush and vacuum pump, because a dirt-covered coil will lead to less cooling and other issues.
- Opt for a smart digital compressor, which has a higher lifespan, and is also helpful in saving electricity bills.
Tips to consider before repairing
Before you consider the repair process done, check the user manual of your fridge. Big brands often give some troubleshooting tips and you might find something useful in them.
Try to do as much as you can by yourself. Most of the issues can be resolved at home. With help of internet and tutorials, you can make sure you’re following the right troubleshooting process. In any case, it doesn't work out, call a technician and get your refrigerator thoroughly checked.
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