Last updated on August 25, 2023

Did you just notice the eggs getting all sloppy? If this makes you question the functioning of your fridge.

Let’s get started…

How low a refrigerator’s temperature should be to keep it cool? Well, according to the FDA, a refrigerator’s temperature should be set to 40°F or lower while the freezer temperature should be at 0°F.

The goal is to prevent foodborne illnesses and keep the food fresh longest. However, if the refrigerator is not keeping the food properly chilled, resort to the Cessnock based refrigerator repair services and let the professionals fix the issue.


Meanwhile, let’s ponder over a few DIYs to fix the refrigerators cooling:

1.    Power-Up

It’s not a big hassle keeping the power cord in check. However, at times, a breaker might just shut the fridge. Open the door; if the light blinks, the refrigerator has the power. But, if not, be sure to plug the power chord firmly. No light, still?

Solution: Make sure to keep a check on the electrical panel for a breaker and switch it on when necessary.

2.      Check Thermostat

Of late, refrigerators come pre-set at a temperature (35-37 degrees) Fahrenheit that keeps perishable food items safe and edible. At times, thermostat dials get hit by juice cartons or other food items in the fridge, which eventually changes the temperature setting.

Solution: There are various digital panels that come with the feature ‘lock the settings’. Thus, if the need arises, reset the temperature.


3.      Condenser Coils

Usually, refrigerators come with condenser coils that are loaded with a refrigerant. Over some time, the coils (not in a sealed unit) fill with dust, hair or fumes, which decreases their capacity to keep the air cold in the refrigerator.

Solution: With a condenser brush and a vacuum to extract the dust, you can easily clean the condenser coils. Clean it once or twice a year to keep the refrigerator cold.

4.      Seals On Doors

In a scenario where magnetic seals on fridge doors are damaged, most likely, cold air from the refrigerator could be slipping away. Door gaskets get fragile with the time, which scales down its capacity to seal it tightly.

Solution: Put a dollar bill halfway through the door in order to check the seal and close the door gently. If the bill slides, its time to get the new door gaskets.

5.      Air Damper

Air damper performs the task of sharing cold air between the freezer and refrigerator. If it can’t open or close, it can affect the fridge temperature as the freezer is still at the correct temperature.

Solution: Get off the air damper by removing screws carrying the conduit cover. Unscrew the motor to shift the compartment. Further, loosen the rear duct panel and release the tabs. Replace the existing air damper with the new one.


The bottom line is, pinpointing the exact reason behind the problem might be a little tricky, especially if any mechanical components need to be changed. Therefore, it makes sense to rely on licensed refrigerator specialists who perform quality repair in the best capacity.

Posted onDecember 4, 2019

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Brendan Ward is a senior HVAC+R contractor, renowned in his industry as the go-to person for advice, design and planning of commercial air conditioning installations. Brendan has been a qualified professional in both the residential and industrial refrigeration and air conditioning sector for almost 25 years, and has owned Coalfield's Climate Control, a leading air conditioning company in the Hunter Valley for over a decade.

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