Your refrigerator is not cooling properly? Relax, it is not at all a reason to be heated about! Check out the fixes given in this article to get this 'cool' machine back on track.
Refrigerators belong to the group of appliances that have to be maintained periodically. But sometimes even though you take all the requisite measures to do so, you might face problems. One such common problem is that the appliance does not cool properly. This problem can be dealt with at home. You can check several things before you decide to call in the repairman.
The first thing to do is to check the temperature. It might very well have happened that the temperature control may have been turned off unknowingly, which happens after the refrigerator is cleaned. So if that’s the issue, reset the thermostat dial at the temperature you want.
Poor coiling leads to a heavy frost buildup on the evaporator coils. A frost build up, especially on the ceiling of the freezer, is a sign of problem in the self defrosting system or damaged gaskets of the doors. Therefore, check if the refrigerator is facing such a problem and defrost it. It would not cool well if the defrosting did not happen properly.
A dirty condenser can hamper the cooling too. If the condenser is dirty, the appliance cuts off the extra load. That work is done by the thermostat on the side of the compressor in case the refrigerator heats more than usual. To rectify this problem clean the condenser coils using the vacuum cleaner or a cloth.
In case the fridge is not leveled, that too can lead to cooling problems. Because if the level is not right, the door may not close correctly, causing problems. If this is the case, it might be necessary to ensure that it is at level.
Check out the door seal. If the door seal is worn out, it will definitely result in frost build up and that won’t allow the door to close properly. Loosen the hinges and refix them in order to get the correct position of the door. Eventually tighten the hinges.
Sometimes the evaporator fan stops working properly. This results in reduced airflow to the freezer and other sections of the refrigerator. Confirm if both the fans are working well. There is a possibility that one may work and the other won’t. For that, may be you would have to look for a blockage or something in the one which is not working. Even after doing this you do not find any problem in the fan, you may need to replace it.
If all these don’t work as a solution, then perhaps you need to call in the mechanic.