If your fridge isn’t staying cool, don’t worry – you’re not alone. This is a common problem that many people experience. There are a few things you can do to try and fix the issue before calling a professional. In the points below, we’ll discuss some of the most common causes of this problem and how to fix them. Keep in mind that if none of these solutions work, it’s best to call a professional!
- Check to see if the fridge is plugged in and turned on
This may seem like a silly thing to check, but it’s actually one of the most common causes of this problem! Best to start with this and rule it out before moving on to more complex troubleshooting.
- Make sure the temperature is set low enough
If the fridge is too warm, it obviously won’t stay cool. Check to see what the temperature is set at and make sure it’s low enough – ideally you want it to sit around 3-5 degrees Celsius.
- Clean the coils and filters
Coils and filters tend to accumulate dirt, dust and debris over time, and this can impact their ability to cool your fridge. Try giving the coils and filters a good clean and see if that makes a difference. Filters are usually located behind the kickplate at the bottom of your fridge, while coils are usually located at the back.
Cleaning them can be a bit tricky, so here’s a quick step-by-step guide to help:
- Unplug your fridge from the wall
- Remove the kickplate (usually just a few screws) and locate the coils
- Vacuum the coils with a brush attachment to remove any dirt, dust or debris
- Replace the kickplate and plug your fridge back in
- Locate the filters (usually behind a panel in the ceiling of your fridge)
- Remove the filters and rinse them thoroughly under running water
- Put the filters back in place
If you’re still having trouble keeping your fridge cool after cleaning the coils and filters, move on to step four.
- Defrost the freezer if it’s frozen over
Another common cause of this problem is a freezer that’s frozen over. If the coils in your freezer are covered in ice, they won’t be able to do their job properly and your fridge will have trouble staying cool.
To defrost your freezer, unplug it from the wall and leave the door open for several hours until all the ice has melted. Once it’s completely defrosted, plug it back in and see if that makes a difference.
- Replace the thermostat if it’s not working properly
If none of the solutions above have worked, it’s possible that the thermostat in your fridge is not working properly. This is a more complex issue that will likely require the help of a professional, but it’s worth checking if you’re still having trouble keeping your fridge cool.
If you’ve tried all these solutions and your fridge still isn’t staying cool, it’s time to call a trained technician. At National Appliance Repairs, one of our qualified and experienced technicians will be able to diagnose the problem and get your fridge back up and running in no time.
We’ve repaired thousands of fridges, ovens, dishwashers and other appliances in homes and businesses right across Australia, always with quick turnaround and transparent upfront pricing for peace of mind. Whether you require fridge repairs, fridge installation or preventative maintenance for your residential and commercial refrigerator, don’t hesitate to call us for a quote and consultation today.