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When your refrigerator is not cold

Basic refrigerator check

Check for torn and misaligned door gaskets, and make sure both doors close completely with no visible gaps between the door and the fridge body. Check the ice dispenser flap to make sure it closes completely. Vacuum or clean the condenser coil with a long brush. The condenser coil is typically located underneath the refrigerator, access is usually behind the grille under the doors. Make sure there is enough clearance behind and above the fridge for the condenser fan to circulate the air.

Refrigerator or freezer is not cold: typical causes

Major systems of a typical refrigerator are: electrical, airflow and sealed refrigerant system. Most problems with any of those systems will cause the refrigerator not to maintain the correct temperature.

Electrical and airflow problems are the most common ones. Here is a list of some of the components (in no particular order), failure of which will cause a fridge not to get cold:

  • Defrost thermostat
  • Defrost heater
  • Defrost timer
  • Electronic defrost control
  • Temperature sensor (thermistor)
  • Evaporator fan motor
  • Condenser fan motor
  • Cold control
  • Electronic control board
  • Air damper
  • Compressor start relay or start device
  • Compressor

Does your refrigerator need freon (refrigerant) recharge?

If a refrigerator is not keeping correct temperature or if it is completely warm, it is a common assumption that it needs a freon recharge. While it can happen that the refrigerator is low on freon, most times the refigerator not keeping temperature is caused by some other problem rather than a freon leak.

When should you suspect a freon leak?

The freon in the refrigerator is contained by a compressor, evaporator coil, condenser coil and a system of copper and steel tubing throughout the refrigerator. This system is completely sealed and the refrigerant (freon) is never supposed to escape, and is never supposed to be replaced.

The freon can escape only when there is a hole or a crack in the evaporator or condenser coil, or in a joint section between the connecting tubing and one of the coils. Those situations require much more serious work than just "topping off" the refrigeration system: the leak must be located and repaired before the refrigeration system can be recharged with freon. In some situations the refrigeration system gets contaminated, and compressor replacement also becomes necessary to fully repair the refrigerator. All this sounds expensive and it usually is; in fact the sealed system repairs are typically the most elaborate and expensive in refrigeration service. The good news is that the sealed system problems are not common, and most other problems are far less expensive to repair.

At First Choice Appliance, Sacramento, CA we are qualified to tackle the most intricate problems with your household refrigerator whether your refrigerator has an electrical, or an air flow, or a sealed system problem. We offer accurate refrigerator diagnostics and refrigerator repair in Sacramento, CA area.

Call us at 916-420-3756 or request service online.

We service the following areas around Sacramento, CA:
Sacramento, CA, Antelope, Cameron Park, Carmichael, Citrus Heights, Davis, El Dorado Hills, Elk Grove, Elverta, Fair Oaks, Folsom, Granite Bay, Lincoln, Loomis, Natomas, Orangevale, Rancho Cordova, Rancho Murieta, Rio Linda, Rocklin, Roseville, Shingle Springs, Sloughhouse, West Sacramento, Wilton, Woodland.