Several factors could prevent a refrigerator from cooling, such as the door not sealing properly. If the door gaskets have rusted, warped or come loose, the door will not form the seal needed to maintain the proper temperature.
Another common reason for a refrigerator failing to get cold is that the temperature control setting has been adjusted. Turning the control one number higher will help to determine if this is the problem. Other things to check include making sure it is kicking into defrost mode when necessary. Most refrigerators models can be manually put into defrost mode by pushing the switch that controls the light when the door opens five times quickly. Users should also check to make sure the condenser on the bottom or back of fridge is clean and free of debris. These can be cleaned easily with a wire brush or vacuum.Learn More
The amount of electricity a refrigerator uses depends on the age and model of the appliance. Standard refrigerators between 10 and 20 years old that are 18 cubic feet in size use approximately 70 to 98 kilowatt hours in a 730-hour period. Kilowatt hours are measured units of energy.Full Answer >
To paint a refrigerator, unplug it, clean it, remove the handle and door hardware, and then lightly spray the refrigerator with three to four coats of appliance paint. Cover nearby surfaces with newspaper or tarp, or paint the refrigerator outdoors.Full Answer >
The refrigerator defrost cycle is the process that allows the thermometer of the refrigerator to cycle on and off in order to control temperature settings. This process occurs as a wire detector reacts to the changing temperatures as the freezer goes from room temperature down to below freezing.Full Answer >
To remove refrigerator odors, put a dish filled with baking soda in the refrigerator, and allow the baking soda to absorb the odor for a couple of hours. If the smell lingers, wash the refrigerator with hot soapy water, and sanitize it with bleach. Replace the refrigerator's insulation if necessary.Full Answer >