Why is my fridge not cooling properly?


The defrost heater can usually be found behind the back panel of the freezer behind the freezer shelving. If you search our site by model, you will get a drawing of your model that will show you where your defrost heater is located. It is designed to melt the frost from the coils. If the coils are freezing over, it will not allow the refrigerator to cool properly. Check for continuity and replace the defrost thermostat if there is power getting to the heater but it will not get hot.

The defrost thermostat is designed to turn off the defrost heater once the coils are clear of frost. This device can usually be found behind the back panel of the freezer, behind the freezer shelving. If you search our site by model, you will get a drawing of your model that will show you where your defrost thermostat is located. It is a temperature activated switch, so once the coils are clear, the thermostat will open and the heater will be turned off. If the thermostat does not reset once it...

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It is very unlikely that the ice cracked the cold plate, because the ice builds up from the plate surface outward as water condenses on it and freezes. In order to generate any force on the plate you would need to start with a volume of liquid water which could freeze and expand. There is no place on the plate that would hold a puddle of water big enough to do this.

I can imagine a scenario involving melting, refreezing, and trapped water that could theoretically put pressure on the plate but it seems about as likely as a small meteorite crashing into the fridge. Which come to think of it sounds like the best thing that could happen to it.

Really, the only way a cold plate or freezer coil ever gets physically damaged is by the user attempting to physically remove the ice buildup with a pointy tool.

If the cold plate did spring a leak, the particular dangers depend on the type of refrigerant, but practically speaking, you are not likely to be badly harmed by a...

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The refrigerator side is at present working properly , but slowly slowly, it will also loose its cooling.This will happen because, freezer side is the side which cools first, then the refrigerator side ( also called as fridge side)., gets cooled.If freezer side is not cooling / freezing properly then fridge side will also loose its cooling ability.------------ And later on both section will loose its cooling.----------- As per the present situation, it indicates problem with compressor or problem with freezer side door not closing properly.---------- Or the temperature in freezer section is not set to proper cooling/ freezing.--------- So first inspect temperature, is it set right? If ok, then check the freezer door , is it properly closed? If ok, then its compressor problem.? The compressor is running non stop, this is indication of compressor problem.---------- Click this link below for more help:---

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Poor cooling is often the result of a heavy frost build-up on the evaporator coils or a condenser that is clogged with dust, lint, and dirt.

Evaporator coils

Poor cooling is often the result of a heavy frost build-up on the evaporator coils. You can't see these coils without removing a panel on the inside of your freezer. A sure sign that there is a build-up is the presence of any frost or ice build-up on the inside walls, floor, or ceiling of the freezer. Such a frost build-up usually indicates a problem in the self-defrosting system or damaged door gaskets.

The refrigerator is supposed to self-defrost approximately four times in every 24 hour period. If one of the components in the self-defrosting system fails, the refrigerator continues to try to cool. Eventually, though, so much frost builds up on the evaporator coils that the circulating fan can't draw air over the coils. There may still be a small amount of cooling because the coils are icy, but with no...

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Thank you for your question. I know it can be frustrating when the fridge stops cooling. First check to see if the motor inside the freezer is running. If it's not running, there will be no air flow to the fridge section. If the motor is running, look for a thick frost accumulation on the back panel in the freezer. If frost is accumulating, it will indicate a problem with the defrost system. As the frost gets thicker, the air flow to the fridge will be reduced. This could be caused by the timer, the heating element or defrost thermostat. These parts can range from 20 to 70 dollars. I hope this will help you. If you would like more assistance, reply to this thread and I will be glad to assist you...

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Q: A can of soda that I just pulled out of my fridge is barely cool. I’ve also recently noticed that my milk isn’t as cold as it used to be. Why is my refrigerator not cooling these drinks properly? Do I have to call a repairman, or is there something I can do?

A: While some refrigerator cooling problems do require professional assistance, don’t call the repairman just yet. You might be able to fix the situation yourself. It’s certainly worth a shot, since the average professional service call can run $150 or more. Depending on what’s causing your fridge not to keep perishable foods cold enough, the following procedures might help.

Make sure your fridge is getting power. This might sound too simple to be the answer, but a power cord that has worked loose in its outlet or a flipped breaker will shut the entire fridge down. Open the door. If the light comes on, the fridge still has power and you can move on to the next possible...

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If you happen to find your commercial fridge is not cold, there could be many causes. If your business loses power to the fridge, you could lose a lot of money in goods. You need to know these common problems and what to do about them.

Common Causes for Your Fridge Not Cooling

1. Loss of Power– Check to see if the outlet that your refrigerator is plugged into is providing power or not. To check the power of your outlet, you can use a volt meter to test if power is coming through.

2. On/Off Switch- This may seem like a no brainer but the power switch on the refrigerator can accidentally be switched off randomly. If this happens, the easy fix is to simply switch the button to the on position.

3. Thermostat- If your thermostat is not properly set, the refrigerator will not cool itself off. If you have just purchased a new device, the thermostat may not be set correctly. Make sure that the temperature is set in the recommended zone so that the refrigerator...

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[Summary]SOLVED: Why is my refrigerator not cooling? Condenser Coils are Dirty If the refrigerator is not cold enough the condenser coils may be dirty. The condenser is like a radiator and must stay clean in order to dissipate the heat which was removed from


SOLVED: Why is my refrigerator not cooling?

Condenser Coils are Dirty

If the refrigerator is not cold enough the condenser coils may be dirty. The condenser is like a radiator and must stay clean in order to dissipate the heat which was removed from the inside of the refrigerator. As the coils get dirtier the refrigerator becomes less efficient, which makes it work harder to cool down. If the coils are dirty enough, the unit will never be cold enough and will not be able to cool the inside of the refrigerator to the proper temperature.

Repair Tips For A Fridge That's Not Cooling

In this video learn tips from the pros on how to repair a fridge that's...

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Is your fridge failing to cool properly? Then you need to resolve the problem ASAP. You food could be going bad right now as you read this. It’s especially important that meat and dairy products remain at a steady cold temperature for safety. Bacteria can grow if meat and dairy products aren’t kept properly cool. Act now to ensure your food stays perfectly safe and healthy.

There are 5 common problems that can result in a fridge failing to cool properly. They are:

Dirty condenser coilsA bad evaporator fan motorA bad condenser fan motorFaulty thermostatBroken compressor

The technicians at American Appliance Repair diagnose and solve these common fridge problems just about every day, so you can count on them to quickly and effectively figure out why your fridge isn’t cooling properly and fix it.

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Question 1: Why doesn’t my refrigerator work at all?

Answer 1: The first thing to check if your refrigerator stops working completely is to make sure that there is power to the appliance. To see if there is power to the refrigerator, plug a different electric device that you know works into the same outlet. If there’s no power, check your fuse or circuit breaker. After verifying that there’s power to the refrigerator, and it’s still not running, then your problem lies in a different area. You’ll want to check the compressor, overload/relay, thermostats, and wiring, or contact a professional appliance repair person.

Question 2: Why is my refrigerator not cooling properly?

Answer 2: If the refrigerator isn’t cool, check to see if the light comes on when you open the door. Next check to see if the thermostat is set properly. If both of these are OK, then check to see if the compressor is running.
See if the compressor motor is running. The compressor is in a...

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Wait a day to see if the problem solves itself. Several factors could cause your refrigerator to temporarily run continuously. If you live in a humid environment, just loaded the refrigerator, or recently adjusted its temperature, it might take a while for the refrigerator to cool completely. It could take 24 hours or possibly more for it to cool.


Defrost the freezer in case there's too much ice built up and clean your condenser coils. If there is a build of debris on your condenser coils, they won't be able to efficiently dissipate heat, and the refrigerator will have to constantly cool. If the defroster is faulty, then the evaporator coils will frost over, and the refrigerator will work harder to keep cool.


Test the door seal. The door of your refrigerator has a seal that prevents cool air from leaking out. If the seal is faulty, your refrigerator will have to constantly cool itself. Use a piece of paper to check for breaks in the...

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Of the many reasons your refrigerator might be warm, several are minor problems you can fix without any special technical knowledge. Before you call for service on a warm refrigerator, take the time to troubleshoot issues with the electrical socket and temperature settings. Also look for water or refrigerant leaks underneath your refrigerator.


Your refrigerator may be warm because it has become unplugged.

Temperature Controls

Your refrigerator will feel warm if the temperature control inside is set too high.

Clogged Drain

If the drain in your refrigerator is clogged, it will not cool adequately.


Your refrigerator will feel warm and not run if the electrical socket is not working or if your circuit breaker has been tripped.


If the condenser breaks down, your refrigerator will become warm.


If the fan in your refrigerator burns out, it will not cool...

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How to troubleshoot a Samsung refrigerator problem. I've owned the refrigerator for 2 years. Today, the freezer stopped working. The temperature reached 59 degrees F and power cooling had no effect after 2 hours. I unplugged the unit from the electrical outlet, plugged it back in, and turned on power freeze again. While waiting for it to cool, I called A&E Factory Service since I purchased the extended warranty. A&E had my information and what I purchased in their computer system. The woman put me on hold before transferring me to Samsung support department. That was very odd because my warranty is with A&T, not Samsung. The Samsung politely said she has no record of the extended warranty and would charge me for a technician visit. Samsung did say if I unplug the unit and wait 30 seconds before plugging it back in, that will reset the onboard computer. I left the power freeze on and checked back 2 hours later. The temperature dropped below 0 F and the contents in the freezer...

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Todays blog post is going to be on a service call that I performed today. It was on a Frigidaire Side by Side refrigerator. The problem the customer was having was that most of the food in the freezer had thawed and nothing in the refrigerator side was cool.

They had been away for a couple days and they had family coming over and checking on the pets at the house. Their dad had notice that there was water on the floor in front of the fridge during one of the visits. So the father opened up the freezer door and notice all the ice had melted from the ice bin, but the food in the bottom of the freezer was still frozen. When he opened up the refrigerator door the temperature display was reading 65 degrees for both freezer and refrigerator side. The water dispenser was also not working.

OK, so now that we know what was going on with the machine we can move on to diagnostics. Because I have been repairing appliances for so long I already knew what was wrong...

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There are many appliances that are essential for a well-functioning kitchen. However, some are easier to trouble-shoot than others. If your refrigerator isn’t cooling, this is a major problem. It doesn’t take more than a day or so for your entire stock of perishable foods to spoil. This costs money and is a huge hassle. Because of this, you need to know how to fix a refrigerator that is not cooling. This is one of the most common malfunctions of a refrigerator. By going through this trouble-shooting process, you may actually determine that you can fix the problem without calling in a repair person and incurring undue expenses.

Start With the Basics

Before you start taking apart the refrigerator and removing parts, you should check the more obvious reasons for why the refrigerator may not be cooling. These include things like seals and gaskets. If you shut the door and the light stays on, it’s a fairly good bet that the cool air is escaping through the door. Another...

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jskf01 writes...

Saw something here about using a hairdryer

So you already know it needs to be defrosted, because the frosting has blocked up the cooling coil fins thus severely cuts the circulation air flow, maybe barely enough flow for the freezer but not for the fridge being on the farther side.

When it happened I emptied out the freezer's contents to the kitchen floor, opened the inside backwall panel to expose the choc-a-bloc coil & ran hairdryer on it. Even so it took a good 40 mins of blowing. Without removing the panel it could take up to 2-3 hours for a good clearing.

You should also work out why. Has happened to me twice, first time 2 years ago when the defrost heater coil went kaput thus a simple matter of replacing it. Second time 6 mths ago, I swore at the coil for lasting only 18mths, defrosted to run fridge for a few days before I had time to go buy a new coil. But then it came good by itself has not frosted up again in 6mths. Can't...

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No Cooling on any fuel source

This situation indicates a problem with the cooling unit, itself. Follow the steps below to determine the cause.
For an explanation of how the cooling unit operates see how it works.

Testing the Cooling Unit

Testing by " Feel "

For this method of testing the only tools required are your hands! CAUTION: some of the components may be HOT! Be careful!

If a cooling unit is operating properly, there should be approximately the same amount of heat in the middle sections of the boiler and absorber.

Cooling unit blockages

When a cooling unit malfunctions due to a blockage, the boiler section may be too hot to touch and the absorber will be relatively cool. Any blockage reduces the free flow of the solutions and will inhibit or completely prevent proper operation.

A blockage is caused when the fridge is operated in an off level condition. The heat that is generated by the propane flame or the...

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I believe that I am the first person to post this problem on the net, because I’ve done some extensive searching and turned up nothing.

So, as you may have guessed (or deduced), our new fridge was delivered last night. The delivery guys came and dropped it off. The fridge is fancy as can be: Stainless steel, bottom-mount freezer, energy efficient…. and a nifty feature called a “Door Alarm”.

Broken fridge alarm

The Door Alarm is a “feature” of the fridge that detects when the door is left open for a long period of time. After one minute with the door open, the alarm will beep. Every 30 seconds thereafter, it will continue to beep until the door is closed. However, in our case, the door alarm beeps constantly from the moment we plug it in, whether the door is open or not. Other than that, the fridge works great. It’s just too bad I can’t live with beeping noises going off every 30 seconds.

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