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Lec Fridge Not Cooling [How to Fix]

Lec fridges are built with functionality, sleekness, and ease of use in mind. However, they are not immune to cooling glitches. If your Lec fridge is not cooling, we have put together this brief guide to help you diagnose and fix the problem in no time.

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Why is My Lec Fridge Not Cooling?

The most common reasons why your Lec fridge is not cooling include:

1. Dirty Condenser Coils

The metal frames at the bottom rear of your Lec fridge are the condenser coils. These coils give off the heat that has accumulated over time, causing the fridge to cool in the process.

The condenser coils will lose their effectiveness if they are covered in dirt, leading to cooling problems. Take a close look at the condenser coils to see if they need to be cleaned. If they do, use a vacuum cleaner and small brush to thoroughly clean them. Also, refrigerator manufacturers and experts recommend that you clean the evaporator coils of your fridge at least once in six months.

2. Damaged Thermostat

If the thermostat of your Lec fridge is damaged, there will be nothing to signal it to cool. Spin the dial of the thermostat from the lowest level to the highest level.

If you hear a click sound, everything is good with the thermostat. However, if you don’t hear the click sound, consider getting a new thermostat for your fridge.

3. Faulty Condenser Fan Motor

Air is transferred to the condenser coils with the help of the condenser fan motor. During this process, cooling takes place. However, the process will be truncated if the condenser fan motor is broken.

So, the big question on your mind is: how do you know that the condenser fan motor is broken? Well, observe the component after spinning it. If you notice any slight resistance, the condenser fan motor is damaged.

To be doubly sure the cooling problem emanates from the condenser fan motor, carry out a continuity test using a multimeter.

4. Defective Door Seals

The door seals of your Lec fridge helps to prevent cold air from escaping. Even if the door of your fridge is closed, cold air can still manage to escape, which can cause cooling problems.

The most common way of knowing if the door seals are defective is to place a piece of paper between the door and the main body of the fridge. If the paper pulls out without any resistance, then the door seals are defective.

If you clean out the grime and dust and the door seals still allow air to escape, then go for a replacement.

5. Faulty Start Relay

The compressor of your fridge does not start without a nudge from the start relay. A continuity test between the two terminals of the start relay will tell you whether you need to go for a replacement or not.

Also, if your Lec fridge emits a burnt smell, that could be a sign that the start relay is not working.

6. Overstocked Fridge

While the aforementioned reasons for not cooling may not be your fault, having an overstocked fridge is definitely your doing. If your fridge does not have space for cold air to circulate, cooling will take longer than normal.

In light of this, ensure that the food items in your fridge are well spaced with nothing blocking the air vents. Observe the cooling condition for 24 hours and if nothing changes, then something else is the issue.

7. Faulty Evaporator Fan Motor

The evaporator fan motor is designed to circulate air throughout the fridge. If your fridge is at the optimum temperature and it still does not cool, that is an indication of a faulty evaporator fan motor.

Just like the condenser fan motor, the evaporator fan motor can be troubleshot in two ways: manually by rotation and continuity testing. With the result, you will know whether to get a new evaporator fan motor or not. Check out this video to see how to fix a fridge that suddenly stops cooling…

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Quick Recap

If your Lec fridge is not cooling, we recommend that you troubleshoot the evaporator fan motor, condenser fan motor, thermostat, start relay, condenser coils, and door seals to get to the bottom of the problem. After troubleshooting, you can replace the defective part(s) or hire a technician to fix it if that is more cost-effective.