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Why would a refrigerator stop cooling?

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A refrigerator may stop cooling due to a power problem, an electrical issue, dirty condenser coils, malfunctioning door seals or a nonworking compressor. If an individual is unable to solve the refrigerator’s problem, a qualified repair technician should be contacted.

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If the refrigerator’s light does not come on when the door is open, a power problem may be the cause. Possible power problems include a blown fuse, a loose power plug or a tripped circuit breaker.

If the refrigerator has power, an individual should ensure the thermostat is at the correct setting. If it is, there may be an electrical issue. Sometimes the temperature control or defrost timer cease to function properly.

The refrigerator may not be cooling due to having dirty condenser coils at the bottom or back of the appliance. An individual can clean the condenser coils with a vacuum hose to remove dirt and debris.

If the refrigerator’s door seals are not sealing well, the refrigerator may not be able to cool properly. Worn or damaged door seals need to be replaced.

If none of the above problems are to blame, the refrigerator may have a failed capacitor or compressor. An individual should be able to hear the compressor fan running while the freezer fan is operating. If it is not running, the capacitor or compressor probably needs to be replaced.

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