We expect our refrigerator to run day in and day out, 365 days a year without any problems. Most of the time this is the case, but when life presents us with a refrigerator that’s not cooling, we need a solution fast. The first indication that something is wrong with your refrigerator is usually discovered when you find that the milk isn’t quite cold enough or there’s water in the ice trays instead of ice cubes. What do you do? Don’t panic. Here are some things you can check yourself, before having to call a refrigerator repair service.
1. Check the refrigerator light and power plug.
First thing first, check to make sure that the refrigerator unit light is on and that it’s plugged in. If so, then check the fuse to see if it’s blown. Sometimes the problem is as simple as the unit is not plugged in or a blown fuse.
2. Check the temperature settings.
It might just have been turned off mistakenly which commonly is the case. If so set your refrigerator at 36 degrees to 38 degrees F.
3. Check the doors and hinges.
Make sure the door seals properly and the hinges are not loose and in good working condition.
4. Check the refrigerator door gaskets.
Make sure the seal is not dry or cracked. Cracked seals can cause loss of cool air and frost build up. Check for condensation around the edge of the doors. If you have any of these problems you may need to replace the refrigerator door gaskets. They are inexpensive and relatively easy to replace yourself.
5. Check for dirty or dusty condenser coils.
When the refrigerator’s condenser coils get clogged up with dirt and debris, it can cause your refrigerator to work harder and not run as cold as it should. To remedy this problem, use a vacuum to remove any dust or debris from the coils. In fact, it is recommended to clean the condenser coils 1 – 3 times per month for appliance maintenance. On most refrigerator units the condenser coils can be located at the bottom or in the back of the unit.
6. Check the fan.
The fan moves the cold air throughout the refrigerator and freezer compartments. Check to see that it’s operating properly. If the fan is not working or malfunctioned, it can cause the refrigerator to not keep cooled.
If everything discussed above checks out fine, but your refrigerator is still not cold, then you may need to call your Tucson appliance repair service. Give us a call for quick service and be sure to move your perishable foods to another refrigerator or cold storage unit to keep cold.