What should you do if your refrigeration unit is cooling your food/drinks? Instead of writing it off, first, check out here if this is a simple fixable problem!
Perhaps the most common reason your fridge might be showing a high temperature. This will be the first thing we will ask you to check. As part of general maintenance for your chiller, you should regularly cleaning your condenser. This is a quick and simple job, which can either be done with a hoover, or damp cloth. Simply wipe away the dust build up.
If this is not done, you will notice a thick layer of dirt/dust, which will mean a blockage of air, causing the unit to heat up.
You should be able to locate the condenser in your user manual.
Is your Fridge Blocked In?
Again, very simple to diagnose and rectify. If the chiller unit is blocked in, then this will mean no air can get into the chiller, which will again cause the refrigeration unit to heat up. Ideally, there should be around an inch of space around the fridge, this will allow air to circulate correctly.
If your fridge is overstocked, and blocking air vents, this is also likely to increase the temperature. Ensure that bottles/food aren't touching the back and sides of the fridge.
Damaged Door Seals
This may not be something you would check, but general wear and tear can mean that door seals (gaskets) can split or tear, having an impact on the temperature of your fridge.
If this is the case, then door seals can be easily replaced. Simply call the supplier and quote your model number to purchase the correct seal. Once purchased, this can usually be easily (but firmly) pushed into place.
It is recommended that your fridge is not placed close to a source of heat. ie in direct sunlight or close to an oven. This is because your chiller would need to work much harder to keep to temperature, which is likely to cause faults.
This would also be the case for ice cream freezers - often they are placed in sunlight during Summer months. This is not recommended.