What To Do When Your Fridge Stops Cooling

What should you do if your fridge looks like it has lost its frosty feel. Refrigerator not cooling is a problem that most home owners dread. There are several possible causes when a refrigerator doesn’t keep your milk cold or your ice cream frozen. Before you attempt more complex repairs, try these simple fixes if your refrigerator is not cooling and if your freezer is not working:

There are several possible causes when a refrigerator doesn’t keep your milk cold or your ice cream frozen. Before you attempt more complex repairs, try these simple fixes if your refrigerator is not cooling and if your freezer is not working:

  • Be sure the fridge is plugged in and getting power. The light should come on when you open the door.
  • Check the thermostat to make sure it hasn’t been turned way down by mistake. If your fridge/freezer thermostat isn’t working, get these easy to install thermostats on Amazon.
  • Be sure the vents on the back of the freezer compartment aren’t blocked by boxes of ice cream or frozen vegetables—the vents have to be clear for cold air to circulate.
  • Vacuum the coils under or behind the fridge. Clogged coils can cause poor cooling.
  • Check to make sure nothing is stuck in the condenser fan and that it spins freely (models with coils on the back won’t have a fan). To do this, unplug the fridge and pull it out. Clean the fan blades and spin the fan by hand to see if it’s stuck. Plug in the fridge and make sure the fan runs when the compressor is running. If the fan doesn’t run, see the directions below, which show how to replace it.

And if all fails, ensure that you call that reliable refrigerator repair service to see if they can fix it for you.

Refrigerator Maintenance

Once your fridge has been safely moved into the kitchen of your new home, it needs some time to settle before you can start using it. You should let it stand unplugged, in an upright position, for at least 4 hours to allow its compressor oil to settle. You can plug your appliance in once 4 hours have passed. Even if you still need to look around for a good, reliable appliance repair service near you, there are some easy to follow maintenance & cleaning tips you can do.
Never let your refrigerator reach a dismal state! Just stick to our recommended fridge cleaning schedule to keep your refrigerator looking good and smelling fresh. Make it a habit to rinse off jam jars, salsa containers, ketchup bottles, and other items that tend to get grimy on the outside. This, in turn, helps keep your refrigerator clean. Also, wipe up spills right when they happen to prevent sticky spots from forming.
5 Keys to Refrigerator Maintenance
  1. Check the door seals.
  2. Keep the coils clean.
  3. Set the right temperature. Keep the fridge between 37 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit and the freezer at 0 degrees.
  4. Fill it up (even if you never cook and only have takeout). Refrigerators need “thermal mass” (a.k.a. lots of stuff) to maintain low temperatures.
  5. Be prepared.

Removing & Disposing Of Old Appliances

So now that you have looked around and found a new fridge for your house, what about the old, clunky one? You know the one that is in the kitchen or maybe your pantry / spare room area that’s served you well but has seen it’s glory days a long, long time ago? When you get your brand new spanking fridge, you need to sell or give away your old one.

You need to find a good appliance repair or installation company that provides the disposal service of unhooking your old fridge and taking it away for you. They might keep it or fix it up and resell it or haul it away for the dump if it won’t sell. Either way, it’s not something that most of us can do. You need a fast and reliable service something that can be done within 20-30 minutes.

Look for a good service that will dispose of the old fridge for very little if not free. Your old fridge, if it can be repaired and fixed, should also be appropriately disassembled and recycled if possible. It can have a new home if needed.