Refrigerator Not Cooling
Is your Refrigerator not cooling
? This Refrigerator
repair guide will walk you through the procedure of repairing your refrigerator
. This is the same procedure I go through every time I check a refrigerator
. So with a little from this refrigerator
repair guide your refrigerator
will up and running in no time. Below is a list of problems that can cause your problem. Read through each one carefully until you find and repair your refrigerator
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Defrost can be the cause for your refrigerator not cooling
problem. To check to see if you have a defrost problem, look in the freezer to see if there is ice build up on the evaporator cover. (The evaporator covers are either in the back of the freezer or on the bottom of the freezer). If there is ice build up click here. refrigerator not cooling
, keep reading on.
Top-freezer Leaking/Refrigerator Not Cooling
On a top-freezer when the drain stops up water will back up turning to ice and eventually filling the air ducks with ice blocking airflow to the fresh food section causing it not
to cool. You will also see a water leak inside the fresh food section. To fix this, remove the evaporator cover, (back or bottom of freezer) and then remove all the ice. Once all the ice is removed, you need to unclog the drain. I do this by forcing hot water down the drain with a turkey baser but you can use any squirt bottle, I have even used the water hose. Once the drain is clear, mix water and baking soda and pour it down the drain to prevent this from happening again anytime soon.
Dirty condenser can be the cause for your refrigerator not cooling
problem.. If the condenser is dirty, the compressor will cut off on the overload. (A thermostat that is on the side of the compressor that cuts it off if it overheats). Often when this happens you’ll hear a clicking
noise about 2 to 3 minutes apart. This is your compressor cutting in and out as it overheats and cools off. Now you need to find out why the compressor is overheating. First you’re going to need to remove the cover from the back of the refrigerator
. Once you remove the cover you should see the compressor. Now look at the condensing coils (condensing coils are going to be either behind the compressor, beside the compressor or on the back of the refrigerator
) to see if they are dirty if so clean them. To clean the condenser I normally use a brush made for this. You can buy them at Wal
-Mart. Once clean your problem may be fixed. Leave refrigerator
unplugged for a while (20 min. or so). Then plug it back in and if the compressor doesn’t overheat problem is fixed. If it still overheats read on.
START RELAY (Compressor clicking
The start relay can also cause the fresh food and the freezer sections not
to work. If the start relay is bad, the compressor will not
start and you will hear a clicking
noise in 2-5 minute intervals. The clicking
noise is the overload cutting the compressor off when it overheats from trying to start with a bad start relay. To find out if this is bad first unplug the refrigerator
. Then take the cover off that is on the side of the compressor. Now you should be able to see the start relay plugged on to the side of the compressor and unplug it. Now the best way to tell if it’s bad is to shake it. If it rattles, it’s bad and needs to be replaced. If not
, most of the time it’s ok. But rather than saying the compressors bad, you might want to replace it anyways because it don’t cost much in most cases (less than $25). If you replace it and it doesn’t work then the compressor is bad and you’ll need you call a repairman. (Note that compressors are very costly and are normally not
STUCK IN DEFROST
If your refrigerator
is stuck in defrost, this can be the cause for your refrigerator not cooling
problem. Just simply turn the defrost timer a ¼ turn. Defrost timers are normally located in the fresh food section near the controls or at bottom behind kick plate. If the refrigerator
comes on replace timer. If your refrigerator
is newer, the timer may be electronic; therefore, you can’t do this. But it can still be your problem, although I haven’t seen this often.
The cold control can be the cause for your refrigerator not cooling
problem. This is the least likely of all the problems but happens sometimes. Turn the control up all the way and tap on it. If the refrigerator
comes on then replace cold control. If it still doesn’t come on, it may still be bad. You can check it by first unplugging the refrigerator
and taking the control out and test it with an . ohmmeter
Unplug the wires and see if you have continuity between the terminals, if not
MAIN CONTROL BOARD
Some newer refrigerators have a main control board and this can be the cause for your refrigerator not cooling
problem. This can be hard to diagnose if you don’t have a wiring diagram or don’t know how read one. I can’t help you because I would need a wiring diagram of your refrigerator
to diagnose a main board.
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