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Electrolux Refrigerator Not Cooling [Quick Fix]

Want to know how to quickly fix your Electrolux refrigerator that is not cooling? This article takes you through different ways to diagnose and solve cooling problems…

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Electrolux Refrigerator Not Cooling But Freezer Works – How to Fix

If your Electrolux refrigerator is not cooling but the freezer section works fine, check the following components:

Evaporator Fan Motor

The evaporator fan is responsible for drawing cool air over the evaporator coils and spreading it throughout the unit. If the fan motor is faulty, it will affect the airflow within the fridge or freezer.

Change the fan motor. To do this, unmount the evaporator panel in the back of the freezer and when you see the fan, remove the clip, blades and wire harness. Insert the new fan motor into the wire harness and put back the motor into its housing.

Remount the fan blades and clip to finish the task.

Evaporator Coils

Check the evaporator coils to see if they are frozen. If they are, then cool air will not flow freely and the refrigerator will grow increasingly warm. You will have to get a new defrost heater or manually defrost the coils.

To manually defrost them, you will have to turn the unit off and give it a few hours to defrost. Once the coils are no longer frozen over, they will regulate airflow again and the refrigerator will begin to cool.

You will have to let a professional repairer change your defrost heater because it is a complicated process.

The evaporator coils regulate airflow throughout the refrigerator.

Condenser Fan

If it is dirty, the dirt can stop the blades from spinning the way they should. But if the blades have no obstruction, then the motor is faulty.

Buy a new one, unscrew the screws that hold the fan in place and remove it from the compartment. Remove the bracket that holds the old fan motor to the blades and replace it with the new motor.

This component keeps the compressor and condenser coils cool while they work. If it is faulty, the compressor will heat up and cause the refrigerator to grow warm because it will not perform optimally.

Air Damper Control

Check the air damper. It is right between the compartment for fresh food and the freezer compartment. If the damper is stuck slightly open or closed, then it needs to be changed.

Remove the screws holding its cover in place. Also, remove the thermostat sensor which you will see around the damper once you open it.

If your model has an ice bucket, go to the freezer section and remove it. You will see a motor; unscrew and unplug it.

Once removed, you will see the rear duct panel; unscrew and remove it to reach the air damper. Unmount and mount the new one. Replace all the parts you removed to gain access to it.

The air damper regulates the amount of cold air that flows in and out of the refrigerator.

Defrost Timer

Check the timer to be sure it is not stuck on the defrost cycle or broken. You will know it is stuck or broken when you turn the dial into defrost and the compressor doesn’t go off and the heater doesn’t come on.

If it is stuck or broken, call a repairer to take a look at it and change it.

This video details how to troubleshoot an Electrolux refrigerator with cooling problems…

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Electrolux Refrigerator Not Cooling – Solutions

Check the following to see if they are causing your refrigerator not to cool:

Door Not Closed Properly

If the refrigerator door or doors don’t close well, it will affect the rate at which the refrigerator cools. Be sure to always shut the door or doors properly. Check the gaskets to ensure they are still working.

Unit Not Plugged

There is a chance the refrigerator is not plugged at all or not plugged properly. Check the wall socket to be sure it is working. Then, check the plug of the refrigerator to be sure it is in the wall socket.

Thermostat Turned Down

Ensure the thermostat is not turned down. This could be causing the cooling problem in your refrigerator.

Air Vents Blocked

Some items in the refrigerator could be blocking the air vents. Check them to be sure nothing is obstructing the vents.

If none of the above applies, here are some components to check to solve the problem of an Electrolux refrigerator not cooling:

Check the Compressor or Compressor Start Relay

If the compressor or the start relay is bad, the refrigerator will be on but it will not cool. To fix this, test the compressor with a new start relay. If the refrigerator starts cooling, then you know the relay is the problem, not the compressor.

Changing either one will not be an easy task so you will need to contact a professional repairer.

Check the Condenser Coils

If the condenser coils are dirty, the circulation of air in the refrigerator will be poor. This will cause the unit not to cool. Remove dirt or dust that clogs the coils to get them up and running smoothly again.

Check the Evaporator Fan

The evaporator fan will not work well if the motor is bad. To check if the motor is bad, use a multimeter to check the two wires that are protruding from the motor. You will find them when you open the rear panel of the freezer section.

If there is no reading in the multimeter, then the motor is bad. Change it by taking down the evaporator panel and removing the mounting clips, blades and wire harness. Remove the old motor and put the new motor into its housing. Mount the blades and clip back and reattach the evaporator panel.

Check the Condenser Fan

Check the blades of the fan, which is right by the compressor, behind the refrigerator, at the bottom. Dirt and dust could be restricting their oscillation. But if the blades are free, then the motor is the problem.

Change it by unfastening the screws that hold the fan in place and remove the entire assembly from the compartment. Detach the mounting bracket which keeps the motor attached to the blades. Then, put the new motor where the old one was.

If the condenser fan is bad, the heat of the compressor will rise, increasing the temperature of the refrigerator.

The video below shows what to do if your Electrolux refrigerator is not cooling…

Electrolux Refrigerator Freezer Not Cooling – What to Do

If you find that your Electrolux refrigerator freezer section is not cooling but the fridge section is cooling, check the evaporator fan motor. Open the door of the freezer and press the door switch. If you don’t hear the hum of the evaporator fan motor, then it is bad and needs replacement.

Another component to check is the start relay of the compressor. Unplug the refrigerator and remove the relay. With a multimeter, check its continuity between the start and run terminals. If there is no continuity, replace it. If the start relay smells burnt, change it.