What To Do If Your Freezer Is Cold But Refrigerator Is Warm

If your freezer is cold but refrigerator is warm, you have a problem. This can be caused by many different things, and it’s important to troubleshoot the issue so that you can get your refrigerator back up to the correct temperature. We’ll help you with some of the most common causes of this problem and how to fix them.

Why The Freezer Is Cold But Refrigerator Is Warm

It’s a perplexing problem – the freezer is working, but the refrigerator is warm. Why is this happening? In order to figure out how to fix this problem, you need to first understand why it’s occurring. There are a few different reasons that your freezer could be cold but your refrigerator is warm, let’s go over them here.

The evaporator coils are frosted over.

This is one of the most common reasons for the cold freezer, warm fridge problem. Evaporator coils are responsible for transferring heat, and if they’re frosted over, they can’t do their job properly.

To fix it: Simply defrost your freezer. You can do this by unplugging it and letting all of the ice melt. Make sure to catch the water with towels if there is a lot of ice.

The air vents are blocked

Another common reason for this problem is that the air vents between the freezer and refrigerator are blocked. This can be caused by storing too many items in either compartment. Blocking the air vents prevents the proper flow of cold air between the freezer and fresh food sections.

To fix it: We recommend keeping your refrigerator about 3/4 full for the best results. Check to see if there’s anything blocking the air vents. If not, then the problem might be with the vents themselves – they might be clogged or frozen over. In this case, you’ll need to clean or defrost the vents.

The refrigerator door isn’t closing fully

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This seems like a no-brainer, but it’s worth checking nonetheless. If the refrigerator door is open or ajar, then warm air will be able to get in and cool air will escape.

To fix it: Make sure that the door is closing all the way so that this doesn’t happen. Sometimes if the seal is out of place, or an item is in the way it can cause your door to constantly be slightly open. Check the seal and make sure nothing is in the way of the door.

The thermostat is set incorrectly

If your freezer is cold but refrigerator is warm, one of the first things you should check is the thermostat. It might be set to “off” by accident, or it could be turned down too low.

To fix it: Set it to the correct setting and see if that fixes the problem. We’d recommend 37 degrees Fahrenheit.

There’s a problem with the compressor

If you’ve checked all of the above and you’re still having this problem, then it’s likely that there’s an issue with your compressor.

To fix it: This is a more serious issue that will require professional help. If you think that the compressor is the problem, then you should call a refrigerator repair person as soon as possible.

Condensor coils are dirty

The condensor coils are responsible for getting rid of heat, and if they’re dirty then they won’t be able to do their job properly. This can make it so your freezer is cold but fridge isn’t.

To fix it: The solution is to simply clean the coils – you can use a vacuum cleaner attachment or a coil cleaning brush. Just make sure that you unplug your refrigerator before you do this.

These are some of the most common reasons why your freezer is cold but refrigerator is warm. If you’re still having trouble, then we recommend calling a professional refrigerator repair team like Ortega’s Appliance. We’ll be able to help you figure out what’s wrong and fix it quickly.

P.S. For more tips check out our blog for issues like leaky refrigerators and fridges making noise.

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