Repair and disassembly guides for food cooling appliances including refrigerators, freezers and fridge-freezers.

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fridge and freezer not getting cold

bought used from habitat for humanity and transported it on its side(fridge not freezer side)

Was told to let it si t24 hrs so the refrigerant oil can settle.

It gets slightly cool but not cold.

Did I ruin it?

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Most Frequent Causes for Refrigerator not cooling

Cause 1

Condenser Coils are Dirty

The condenser coils are usually located under the refrigerator. They dissipate heat as refrigerant passes through them. If the condenser coils are dirty, they won’t dissipate the heat effectively. As debris builds up on the coils, the refrigerator becomes less efficient, causing the refrigerator to work harder to cool down. If the coils are significantly dirty, the refrigerator will not be able to maintain the proper temperature. Check the condenser coils to determine if they are dirty—if the condenser coils are dirty, clean them.

Cause 2

Evaporator Fan Motor

The evaporator fan motor draws air over the evaporator (cooling) coils and circulates it throughout the refrigerator and freezer compartments. Some refrigerators have more than one evaporator fan motor. On refrigerators with only one evaporator, the evaporator is located in the freezer compartment. If the evaporator fan is not working, it will not circulate the cold air to the refrigerator compartment. If this occurs, the freezer may still get cold, while the refrigerator will not get cold. To determine if the evaporator fan motor is defective, try turning the fan blade by hand. If the fan blade does not turn freely, replace the fan motor. Additionally, if the motor is unusually noisy, replace it. Finally, if the motor does not run at all, use a multimeter to test the motor windings for continuity. If the windings do not have continuity, replace the evaporator fan motor.

Cause 3

Condenser Fan Motor

The condenser fan motor draws air though the condenser coils and over the compressor. If the condenser fan motor is not working properly, the refrigerator won’t cool properly. To determine if the fan motor is defective, first check the fan blade for obstructions. Next, try turning the fan motor blade by hand. If the blade does not spin freely, replace the condenser fan motor. If no obstructions are present and the fan blade spins freely, use a multimeter to test the fan motor for continuity. If the condenser fan motor does not have continuity, replace it.


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Thank you! Thorough and helpful answer - Cause 1 was our problem, it's now fixed! - I have passed this answer on.

@rcb777 Thanks for letting me know that you got a resolution ;-)


The Function of the Fridge can vary if it is to cold in the Room for a Fridge.

If the Fridge stands in a room where it is colder than 10°C (50°F) it can be that the Fridge (and the freezer in combination) does not work correctly.


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try cleaning the coil under the bottom ours quit freezeing and after cleaning coil been going for a year with no problem i now clean it every few months just to stay safe only takes a few minuets and worth it hope this helps

Update (07/18/2016)

most likely yes was the compresser on the bottom side if so it should have been okthat way the oil stays in the compresser not in the coil


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hi. My Daewoo freezer fridge works for 5 minutes after connected to the wall socket. then it stop.


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