Having a refrigerator that doesn’t properly cool can be frustrating. That delicious cup of yogurt you’re so anxious to eat isn’t as enjoyable when it’s nearly room temperature. In addition, all meat and dairy products stored in a refrigerator that’s not cooling as it should can be a contributing factor in food poisoning. Thankfully, though, there are a few things you can do to make your refrigerator cooler.
The first thing you should do is inspect your refrigerator for any signs of air leakage. Open both the refrigerator and freezer doors and closely inspect the rubber sealing. If it’s broken, torn or otherwise damaged, you’ll need to replace it. Any holes or damage in this rubber lining will allow the cold air to easily escape your refrigerator, which not only makes it cool less, but it also increases your home’s power consumption. If you do in fact notice damage to the lining, you can pick up some more from your local home improvement store.
Most newer refrigerators have an adjustable knob located inside of them which allows you to adjust it’s level of coolness. Depending on what model your refrigerator is, this knob may be hidden and difficult to find. Once you’ve located it, try turning it on the coolest temperature setting possible. Wait an hour or so and then check some of the items inside of the refrigerator to see if they are now cooler.
If nothing you do seems to help your refrigerator produce cooler air, then maybe there’s something mechanically wrong with it. Unless you have experience working on refrigerators, there’s probably not much you can do. The inside mechanics of refrigerators are fairly complex and working on them can be dangerous if you aren’t familiar with them. Instead, you’ll have to call a professional to come out and inspect your unit.
When you’re in dire need of a cooler refrigerator, one little trick I’ve learned over the years is to fill large plastic bowls of water, freeze them in your freezer and then place them throughout the shelves of your refrigerator. They wont stay frozen forever, but the cool air that evaporates from them will help chill and lower the temperature in your refrigerator. While this certainly isn’t a fix for a broken refrigerator, it can help chill the contents until you’re able to get a repairman to come out and look at your unit.