Why Is My Refrigerator Not Staying Cool?

Over the years our appliance repair experts have come across a huge range of refrigerator issues and problems maintaining temperature are amongst the most common. Thankfully, the Go Assist team is on hand to help get your refrigerator back up and running again, starting by offering some tips for fixing and diagnosing the issue yourself.

Three simple checks you could do before calling out one of our technicians:

1. Has your refrigerator turned off or is it unplugged?

It might sound obvious, but it happens! Check to see if your fridge hasn't accidentally been switched off or if it is unplugged at the wall...

2. Has your thermostat been turned down?

Your thermostat may be set to the incorrect temperature and may not be cool enough to keep your food at the temperature you desire. The ideal temperature for your refrigerator is between 35°F and 38°F.

3. Is there anything blocking the refrigerator vents?

Is your refrigerator too full? Are there any jars, bottles, or food are blocking the air vents? We recommend that you do not overfill your refrigerators, make sure that nothing is touching the sidewalls, and finally make sure nothing is covering the refrigerator vents.

Fridge Still Not Staying Cool?

If these simple checks did not help resolve your refrigerator's temperature issues don’t worry as we have some other solutions for you!

Our expert technicians usually find that the most common issues that cause your refrigerator not to maintain a cool temperature include:

Dirty coils

Your refrigerator coils are located either under or behind your appliance, their purpose is to keep the fridge cool and to condense the refrigerant. Sometimes your coils can get dirty and end up covered in dirt or dust. This results in the heat not being released efficiently and getting caught up in the fridge itself resulting in the temperature of the fridge rising.

To fix your dirty coils you could use a vacuum or a refrigerator coil brush. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this then our experts are here to help you out. Call now!

A broken condenser fan

If your coils are located at the base of your refrigerator then you may have a condenser fan located in a cabinet at the bottom of your fridge. The condenser fan's main purpose is to ensure that the coils stay cool, if the fan breaks down the fridge will start to warm up.

Damaged door seal

If your door seal is in any way damaged the performance of your fridge will be impacted. Your door will not close properly and your fridge temperature will start to slowly rise.

Incorrect fridge placement

Ideally, your refrigerator should have an inch between itself and the wall so that the air can circulate properly, ensuring that the coils at the back of your fridge do not overheat. It is also suggested that you do not place your fridge in direct sunlight or next to a cooker as the refrigerator may overheat.

Faulty compressor

The main sign of a faulty compressor is an audible clicking sound coming from the fridge. The two most common reasons for a faulty compressor is the refrigerator overheating or not receiving enough power and therefore will not start. If the compressor isn’t starting and is getting hot, the part will likely need replacing by one of our experts.

For quick and easy refrigerator repairs contact Go Assist today

If you are facing any of the issues above our expert technicians are well equipped to fix them all for you. Whenever we can we aim to get our experts to you either the same or the next day. Book your repair today and get your appliance running like new as soon as possible.


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