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So your leftovers are lukewarm and there are only marginal differences between the temperature of the fridge and the kitchen itself.
It’s time to troubleshoot before mold sets in and things get ugly. Here are some quick fixes that should help reboot your fridge and protect you from spoiled groceries.
There are various reasons why your fridge might not be cooling. Some of these issues are certainly preferable as far as refrigeration issues go. These are the quick and easy fixes that can be taken care of in an afternoon at the most.
Your fridge is plugged in and you can hear it working but it still is not cool. This is most likely your evaporator fun.
That “fridge is running” sound is your freezer coil system working extra hard to spin a fan that will not move. Your first move is to check and see if cleaning the fan will get it going, as mentioned above.
If this does not work, however, it is possible that you will need to change out the fan. You may also hear a squealing sound from your fridge that originates in the fan. This is also evidence that it is on its way out.
The fan is located on the backside of the freezer compartment. Remove the cover inside the freezer to reveal the coils. If the coils are completely frozen over take everything out and unplug the refrigerator, letting it thaw out for a day or so.
Be sure to lay some towels down to sop up any water that melts off and leads as it thaws. When it is void of ice completely, plug the fridge back in. If it fires right up and cools well, you have a defrost timer problem on your hands. This is a job for a pro.
If the evaporator fan works, but the fridge is still not cold, it could be the compressor fan. This is a different cooling mechanism located on the back of your fridge. It comes on when the thermostat calls for the fridge’s internal temp to be lowered. In other words, if you leave the door open for a while, you will hear the compressor kick on. If the fan is not spinning, it will need to be replaced.
So there you have it: the best possible scenarios if your fridge is not cooling and every minute that passes you are closer to a kitchen full of spoiled food. Follow these guidelines starting from is the fridge plugged in all the way to the compressor fan before you call a pro. It is likely that one of these is the problem and you will certainly be well equipped to take care of it.