When you wake up in the morning and pour your cereal with your icy cold milk, only to find that your milk is warm, it can be a bad start to your day. If the food in your refrigerator is getting warm, it isn't just gross, it could pose a health hazard as well. Making this repair to your refrigerator is essential. Read on for a few troubleshooting tips.
1. The Door Seal
Check the seal around the door to see if it's damaged or loose. If the door seal is not sealing the cool air inside of your refrigerator, it can allow the warm air to come inside. If you suspect the door seal is the problem you can remove the old seal and replace it with a new one. Replacement parts for your refrigerator door seal can be found online or through an appliance parts retailer. Pull back the seal and remove the screws holding it in place. Then replace with the new seal using the new screws that came with the new seal. Don't use the old screws.
2. The Thermostat
There is a thermostat inside the refrigerator that could have been turned to the off setting or may have been turned too low so it's warm inside your refrigerator. Check the thermostat to see what it is set to. Try making an adjustment to the temperature and check back on your refrigerator after a few hours.
3. The Condensing Coil
Refrigerators use a condensing coil in order to stay cool, but if this coil is clogged with dust and dander it could cause it to get too warm. Check the condensing coil and vacuum it with the vacuum hose extension to remove as much dust as possible. Check your refrigerator after a few hours to see if it is cool again.
4. The Vents
The vents inside your refrigerator blow the cool air into your refrigerator to keep it cool. If these vents are blocked it can lead to warm spots in your refrigerator. Be sure these vents are kept clear. Clean out your refrigerator if need be in order to do this. Your refrigerator is supposed to keep your food at a specific temperature in order to keep it safe for consumption. If you have a problem with your refrigerator not cooling your food properly and you aren't sure what the problem is, hire a professional to troubleshoot and repair your refrigerator for you.
Contact a refrigerator repair service for more information.