Troubleshooting a Refrigerator That Isn't Cooling

If your refrigerator isn't cooling, you don't often have a lot of time to fix the situation. After all, you have perishable goods in your refrigerator, so you're a little limited in your options. Still, there are some things that you can attempt before you have to call in the professionals.

Check the Seal around the Refrigerator Door

There is a rubber seal inside of the refrigerator door that locks in the cold air and ensures that the refrigerator is working efficiently. Inspect the seal to see whether it has been damaged, bent, or otherwise degraded. If it has been, you can order another seal from the manufacturer of your refrigerator. Replacing this is usually a trivial task, but you might have to avoid using your refrigerator until you receive the replacement part. 

Make Sure the Refrigerator Is Venting Properly

Refrigerators need to vent heat to remain cold. If the hot air has nowhere to go, it will remain within the refrigerator's system and will increase the overall temperature of the interior. Pull the refrigerator away from the wall and make sure it has at least six to twelve inches of room. It should also have space on all sides rather than being boxed in by cabinetry. 

Turn the Refrigerator's Temperature Up

A refrigerator's temperature settings can be a little difficult to understand; you might need to consult your manual. In general, if your refrigerator has a setting from 1 to 10, the "10" setting will be coldest -- but sometimes it's reversed. Either way, over time your refrigerator may need to be turned up. It may also need to be adjusted whenever it's full or empty. Turn the refrigerator up and then wait an hour or two to see whether it has become any colder.

If you still don't know what's wrong with your refrigerator, it's time to call in the experts! Our skilled appliance technicians can come to your home and figure out what's going on with your refrigerator before you lose any more groceries. We offer complete appliance repair services.