If you are having trouble fixing a Panasonic refrigerator that is not cooling, this article will guide you on what to do…
Panasonic Refrigerator Not Cooling – Quick Fix
If your Panasonic refrigerator is not cooling, check the following things:
To be sure the evaporator fan motor is not defective, listen for any strange sound from it. If there is, use a multimeter to check if there is continuity. If you find no continuity, change it.
Another way to know if the fan motor is defective is by spinning the blades of the fan. If they are stiff, the motor is bad and needs to be changed.
The evaporator fan is responsible for blowing cool air throughout the fridge and freezer. If it does not come on when the compressor starts, there will be no cool air.
To check the functionality of the condenser fan motor, spin the blade of the fan. If it is stiff, the motor is defective and needs changing. And if there is anything obstructing the free spinning of the blade, remove it and clean the fan thoroughly.
The condenser fan is responsible for cooling the condenser coil and compressor as they work. Without it, the refrigerator will become hot and not cool properly.
Check the temperature control dial to be sure it is set to cold. Sometimes, you could inadvertently move the dial, increasing the temperature. If it is set to cold, move it even lower to further reduce the temperature.
The position of the refrigerator in the house is likely the cause of the cooling problem. Be sure it is not located in a place where sunlight hits it directly. And be sure there is no other heat source hitting it from any corner. This can reduce the refrigerator’s cooling ability.
Check the condenser coil, beside the compressor, to be sure nothing is clogging it. If there is or if it is dirty, clean it thoroughly.
A dirty condenser coil will not be able to dissipate the heat coming from the refrigerant as it passes through it. The refrigerant will carry the heat and cause the unit to heat up and not cool.
Turn the dial on the timer with a screwdriver. The compressor should go off and the heater should come on after a little while if the defrost timer is working well. If this doesn’t happen within 30 minutes, the timer is bad and need replacement.
The defrost timer informs the defrost heater to come on and defrost the evaporator coils. If the heater doesn’t work, the coils will become frozen. And if the coils are frozen, there will not be enough cool air to circulate throughout the refrigerator. So, it will not get cold.
Check the doors to be sure they close well and that the gaskets are functioning. Additionally, check the frequency at which the doors are opened daily. Frequent opening of the refrigerator doors will cause the coolness to seep out and warm air to seep in. This will reduce its coolness.
Move the dial of the thermostat from the highest to the lowest setting and listen to hear a click. The click means the thermostat is fine but no click means the thermostat is bad and needs replacing.
A bad thermostat means the refrigerator will not get cold and could be stuck on one mode for too long.
If the air vents, through which cool air is released into the refrigerator, are blocked or closed, the refrigerator will not cool. Open them if they are closed or reduce the number of items in the unit so that the air can circulate freely.
Furthermore, don’t put food that is too hot in the refrigerator. It will take a while to cool and that will affect the coolness within the unit.
There is a small chance the problem is the compressor. Compressors don’t become defective so easily so it is important to check the other parts first before checking the compressor.
However, if you find that the compressor is the problem, buy a new refrigerator. This is because compressors don’t come cheap; buying a new unit would be more cost-effective.
In addition to that, there could be a leakage of gas or freon, if your unit has freon. This will affect the efficacy of the refrigerator, starting with the cooling ability. In this case, you cannot do anything about it yourself. Contact Panasonic service center or buy a new refrigerator.
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Panasonic Fridge Not Cooling But Freezer Works
If your Panasonic fridge is not cooling but the freezer works fine, check if the temperature displays. If it doesn’t display, then the unit is in Holiday mode. Remove it from this mode by pressing the Fridge Set button and holding it for about 3 seconds.
Check to see if you set it to Eco mode. This mode is strictly for winter months so that it doesn’t freeze too much. So if it is on and it is not winter, the fridge will not cool properly.
Additionally, be sure that the Hygiene Active mode is on. This will enable cool air to circulate properly around the fridge’s cavity.
Check Evaporator Coils
But if none of the above is the case, check the evaporator coils. If they have frost covering them, they will not be able to push cool air into the refrigerator. So turn the fridge off for some hours so they can defrost. Turn the fridge back on after the ice has defrosted.
However, this also means something is wrong with the defrost system of the refrigerator. The evaporator coils are not supposed to have frost buildup; the heater should come on in the automatic defrost cycle and remove frost. Check it and change any bad component.
Check Condenser Coils
Also, check the condenser coils. If they have dirt in them, clean them. Dirt will reduce their ability to cool the refrigerant, thereby causing the fridge to become hot, even though the freezer remains cool.
Check Fan Motors
Additionally, check the fan motors. A bad condenser fan motor means the compressor will overheat, possibly warming the fridge while the freezer could remain cold. And a bad evaporator fan motor means cool air will not properly circulate in the fridge.
Ensure the door of the fridge closes well. If it doesn’t, the fridge will not be able to retain the cool air in it.
Be sure the gasket on the door is working well. If the gasket is bad, the door will not seal properly and cold air will dissipate quickly and easily. Opening the door too frequently will also affect the fridge’s ability to retain cold air to keep it cool.
This video further explains why your fridge is not cooling but your freezer is…
These steps for fixing a Panasonic refrigerator not cooling apply to the different models of Panasonic refrigerators, including the ECONAVI and inverter models. If there is any step that seems difficult, contact Panasonic service center or call a qualified technician to help you.