3 Possible Causes

Responses to refrigerators which suddenly stop keeping food cool range from mild concern to utter panic. Once your fridge stops keeping your food cold, everything in your fridge can be at risk of spoiling within a few hours. Here are three possible causes for you lack of cooling and how to fix it. Call Wilshire Refrigeration & Appliance for factory-certified servicing of Sub-Zero, Wolf, & Asko appliances.

Reason #1—Your Condenser Coils are Dirty

Condenser coils can be found under your fridge and work to get rid of heat as the cooling refrigerant moves through them. Dirty condenser coils can’t properly move the heat away, becoming less and less efficient. This forces your refrigerator to work hard to keep itself cool until reaching the point that your fridge can’t keep up. Simply check your condenser coils and clean them if you see they are dirty.

Reason #2—The Condenser Fan Motor

The fan motor takes air into the condenser coils and over the compressor. If the condenser fan motor is not functioning, your fridge won’t be able to cool itself as it should. Try checking your fan motor for any obstructions. If you are unable to spin the fan by hand, you probably need to replace the motor. On the other hand, if the blade spins, use a multimeter to test the motor for continuity. If there is no continuity, you need to replace the fan motor.

Reason #3—Evaporator Fan Motor

The purpose of the evaporator fan motor is to take air and pass it over the evaporator coils and circulate it through your fridge and freezer. If your fridge has only one evaporator fan motor, it should be located in the freezer compartment. When this fan breaks down, no cold air is circulated to the fridge compartment. In this case, your freezer will be working fine, but your refrigerator will not. Take a look at the fan blade and try spinning it by hand. You will need to replace the fan motor if the blades don’t spin or if the motor is unusually loud.


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