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What to do if your Frigidaire fridge is not cooling

Illustration of Frigidaire fridge not cooling

You rely on your Frigidaire® to keep your food fresh for your family. So imagine that you've just stocked your fridge for the week when you notice the inside isn’t as cold as it should be. What’s going to happen to your groceries? Or your dinners for the week?

Don’t worry; Asurion appliance experts have experience with all major appliances and the know-how to help with all your appliance care needs. Here’s what they suggest you do when your Frigidaire is not cooling.

Adjust the refrigerator temperature

First, check the temperature settings on your fridge. They might have been accidentally adjusted. Set the refrigerator to the recommended temperature, typically around 37°F (3°C). Unsure of your freezer’s temperature control gauge? Check your freezer’s manual.

Make sure your fridge isn’t too full

An overcrowded refrigerator can block airflow, leading to uneven cooling. Make sure there's enough space for air to circulate freely around your food items.

Check the fridge door seal for damage

A damaged door seal can let cool air escape, affecting the fridge's internal temperature. Inspect the seal for any tears or gaps and replace it if necessary.

Clean the condenser coils

Dirty condenser coils can lessen the refrigerator’s ability to cool. Find the coils, usually at the bottom or back of the fridge, and gently clean them with a coil brush or vacuum.

Is your Frigidaire still not getting cold?

If you’ve followed these steps and your Frigidaire is still not cold, the issue might be due to an internal part failure. Here are three common components that can lead to fridge cooling problems:

Failed evaporator or condenser fan motors

If the evaporator or condenser fan motor is not working, it can result in poor cooling. Listen for unusual noises or check if the fans are running properly.

Malfunctioning thermostat

A faulty thermostat can fail to regulate the fridge’s temperature, leading to cooling issues. If adjusting the thermostat doesn’t solve the problem, it might need replacing.

Faulty start capacitor

The start capacitor helps to jump-start the refrigerator compressor. If this part fails, the compressor—the part that helps the fridge to cool what’s inside it—won’t run.

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