What Would Cause a Refrigerator to Stop Getting Cold?

It’s been a long day at work, you’ve just put the kids to bed and finally, it’s time to put your feet up. You open the fridge door, reach for your favourite beer and get an unwelcome surprise. Your beer… is warm!

A fridge that stops getting cold is something most homeowners will have experienced, but why has your fridge stopped getting cold? Here are five of the most likely causes. 

It’s on the wrong temperature setting

Probably the most common reason for a refrigerator to stop cooling is an incorrect temperature setting. You’ll find the temperature dial on the internal wall of most fridges, where it can quite easily be knocked when food goes in and out of the fridge. 

This problem can be easily fixed by checking that the dial is at the desired temperature and switching it back to the correct setting if it’s not. If the dial has not been adjusted, there could be a problem with the refrigerator's thermostat. That’s something you may need the help of a professional to fix. 

Your refrigerator has dirty coils

Most of us have better things to do than clean our refrigerator’s coils every six months, but fail to do so and all the dust and other debris that builds up will affect your fridge’s performance. The result is that the motor will have to work harder to keep your fridge cold.  

Cleaning the coils is a simple job that will take a matter of minutes. Just unplug the fridge and move it away from the wall to give you access to the coils. Then use a vacuum cleaner to gently remove any dust or debris. You’ll be left with a better performing appliance, lower utility bills, and hopefully, a cold beer! 

The door seal is damaged

Over time, your refrigerator’s door seals can become damaged, letting the cold air inside your refrigerator escape and the warm ambient air flow in. The good news is that if faulty seals are the cause of your warm fridge, it’s a cheap and easy problem to fix.  

If you notice any cracks or splits your fridge’s door seal, all you need to do is:

  • Remove the damaged seal by pulling it away from the fridge door, starting in one corner and running your thumb underneath until you can remove it in one go. 
  • Give the area that was covered by the seal a thorough clean with a specialist fridge cleaner.
  • You’ll be able to buy a replacement seal for your refrigerator door online. To fit it, start in the top corner and work your way around the door, firmly pressing the seal into place.

Your refrigerator is too full

A fridge that’s either too full or has cans, jars and bottles blocking the air vents can stop getting cold. The blocked air vents prevent the cold air from circulating and the fridge quickly becomes warm. Simply making sure there’s no food or drink touching the back or the sides of your fridge will stop this problem occurring again.  

The compressor needs replacing

If you’ve checked for all of these common faults and your refrigerator still isn’t getting cold, you could have a problem with your compressor. If you can hear a clicking noise coming from the fridge, that’s a sure sign that the compressor isn’t working.  

A faulty compressor isn’t something you should try to fix yourself. Instead, call a qualified refrigerator repair engineer to get your appliance back to its best.

Refrigerator repair from Go Assist

Had enough of lukewarm beer? Then get in touch with the refrigerator repair team at Go Assist. We’ll be with you quickly to perform a cost-effective fix that’s backed by a full guarantee. 


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