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What to Do When Your Fridge Stops Cooling

When your fridge stops cooling, it can become quite a costly issue, and there’s no way of knowing how high those costs might be. Even the slightest problem can produce some serious damage to your monthly budget.

At Express Repair Winnipeg, you can be sure that we have dealt with fridge problems of all shapes and sizes. If your fridge has stopped cooling as it should, we are looking at a number of potential problems. The good news is that most of these problems have straightforward, inexpensive solutions. Contact us today, and we can take a look at your fridge immediately.

Help! My Fridge Has Stopped Cooling!

fridge-stops-coolingAgain, remember that when your fridge stops cooling, the last thing you want to do is panic. The next step is to understand that if your fridge is not working, which can mean a lot of different things, there are a number of different possible things that can be causing the issue. While you can certainly call in our fridge repair professionals at Express Repair Winnipeg, there are things you can do to identify the true culprit on your own:

  • Make sure the fridge is properly plugged in: Don’t feel silly. It is pretty easy for this to happen, and it’s understandable that it’s not the first thing our minds consider. When you open the door to your fridge, the light should switch on.

  • Check the thermostat: Sometimes, the thermostat has been changed without your knowledge. If you share your house with several people, make sure the thermostat is set to where it needs to be.

  • Freezer vents: We tend to pack our freezers, particularly during the summer. However, if you block the freezer vents with objects, cold air will not have the ability to circulate properly. This can force a fridge to work harder. In some situations, it can cause your fridge to stop cooling entirely. Boxes of ice cream or frozen veggies can make it difficult for the air to circulate, which can cause your fridge to work harder than it needs to.

  • Clogged coils: The condenser coils behind your fridge are the most important elements for this appliance. These are generally located along the back. If you can’t remember the last time you had the coils cleaned with a vacuum and/or soft brush, make it a point to pull out your fridge, and check out the condition of the coils. If they are dirty, clean them, as that could certainly be the reason why your fridge isn’t cooling properly.

  • checking-the-coilsIs the condenser fan spinning freely? If you have coils at the back of your fridge, then this suggestion won’t really apply to you. After unplugging your fridge, pull it out, clean the blades themselves, and test the fan with your hand. Giving it a spin should tell in no uncertain terms if there are issues with the condenser fan not spinning.

These are some of the most common problems. All of these should be carefully considered, before you move on to the next idea.

Certain parts associated with your fridge play a key part in the functionality of your fridge. While there are plenty of DIY fridge repair articles out there, our advice generally comes down to hiring the pros right out of the gate. This is a cost-effective measure that will leave no stone unturned, in terms of figuring out the specifics of the problem. Repairs can often be made quickly, and you can get your fridge back to running at optimal strength and efficiency.

You don’t automatically have to purchase a new fridge, if things aren’t cooling as they should. Use the list above to see if you can deal with the problem on your own. If not, it’s best to bring us in as soon as possible. Even if your fridge is largely fine right now, any problem that occurs, along the lines of a fridge that won’t cool, is something that should be handled as soon as possible. This is largely due to the fact that small problems become much bigger problems in no time at all.