Magic Chef refrigerators are small and easy to use.
But, it gets really annoying when they’re not cooling.
Especially if you have tons of food.
Before you start thinking about buying a new fridge…
Read this article and find out:
- The best way for cleaning dirty coils.
- How to fix wrong thermostat settings.
- Why you need to organize the inside of your fridge.
- 5 reasons why your Magic Chef refrigerator isn’t cooling.
- And so much more…
Why is my Magic Chef refrigerator not cooling?
Your Magic Chef refrigerator isn’t cooling because of the temperature settings. They’re too high. This may be due to the thermostat or the refrigerator’s evaporator coils. Or there could be too much dirt in the air vents. This traps in warm air and prevents your fridge from getting cold.
Magic Chef refrigerator not cooling: 5 causes & solutions
#1: Wrong thermostat settings
Refrigerator not cooling? It might be your temperature setting.
Maybe you turned the thermostat all the way up.
Don’t worry. It’s common for people with new refrigerators.
It’s easy to get excited about finally getting your new Magic Chef fridge.
And you forgot to set the right temperature setting.
“But what if my refrigerator isn’t new?”
So, you’re already using the refrigerator. Check if something’s leaning against the thermostat.
A piece of food could have accidentally pushed the thermostat dial.
This high-temperature setting prevents your refrigerator from cooling.
There’s an easy fix to this problem. Follow these three steps…
Step 1: Check the thermostat setting on your refrigerator.
Step 2: See if it’s set to “O.” This means that your fridge is on but the cooling cycle isn’t.
Step 3: Turn back the dial to the right temperature. 1 is cold and 7 is the coldest.
“What is the right temperature?”
Magic Chef recommends a setting of 4 on the thermostat.
If you haven’t used your fridge for a while, wait 4 hours. This is how long your it needs to cool down.
Still not working?
There might be something broken in the temperature controls. Now’s the time to call your electrician.
Note: Do not turn the thermostat dial in one go. Adjust it one setting at a time. This lets your refrigerator adjust to the change in temperature.
#2: Frozen evaporator coils
Temperature settings normal? Check!
But the fridge still isn’t cooling? Then your evaporator coils could be the culprit.
- Act as a heat exchanger.
- Release cold air into the refrigerator.
- Turn warm air from food into cold air.
Frozen evaporator coils restrict airflow. And the warm air can’t cool down.
“What causes the coils to get frozen?”
The evaporator coils connect to the defrost heater.
This part of your fridge has a special purpose. It’s designed to melt frost build-up on the evaporator coils.
When the defrost heater gets broken, the ice on the coils can’t melt.
Now, this problem can be a bit tricky. But you can fix it by following these steps…
Step 1: Check the back of your refrigerator.
Step 2: Look for the evaporator coils. They’re the metal lines that look like a radiator.
Step 3: If they’re frozen, defrost your Magic Chef refrigerator. You do this by setting the thermostat dial to “O.”
If it’s not defrosting, there might be something wrong with your defrost heater.
Here’s what you can try instead:
Defrost your fridge by unplugging it from the socket. You can also use a hairdryer to melt away the frost.
If these don’t work, it’s best that you request help from your nearest Magic Chef service center.
#3: Dirty condenser coils
If the problem isn’t your evaporator coils, then it could be your condenser coils.
These coils work with the refrigerator’s compressor. This is what happens:
- The compressor produces hot air.
- The hot air travels to the condenser coils.
- The condenser coils turn the hot air into a liquid.
- This liquid is your refrigerant. It’s what keeps your refrigerator cool.
Dirty condenser coils can’t produce the refrigerant. No refrigerant means no cold fridge.
“How do condenser coils get dirty in the first place?”
It’s normal for dirt to stick on condenser coils. Especially for older refrigerators.
But if there’s too much build-up, it can cause a malfunction.
And stop your fridge from cooling.
The best way to solve this problem is to clean your condenser coils. Follow these steps to do it right…
Step 1: Check the manual that came with your Magic Chef refrigerator.
Depending on the model, your refrigerator’s condenser coils attach to a toe grill. You can find this at the back of your fridge.
Step 2: See if the coils are dusty and dirty.
Step 3: Use a coil brush to clean away as much of the dirt as you can. You can also use a vacuum cleaner with a round brush.
To see how it’s done, watch this video:
Note: It takes a long time before condenser coils get too dirty. You may not notice it right away. Your refrigerator can still run smoothly even with some dirt on the coils. So if it’s not cooling, check for other causes of the problem.
#4: Blocked air vents
Air vents keep the smooth airflow in your refrigerator.
These are the small holes found between your fridge and the freezer.
For refrigerators without a freezer, the vents run all along the inside walls.
Vents maintain the ideal temperature in your refrigerator. So your food stays nice and cold.
Blocked air vents trap in warm air. And cold air can’t get in.
“What causes vents to get blocked?”
The most common cause of blocked vents is an overstuffed fridge.
Your Magic Chef refrigerator wasn’t built to carry too many things.
Soda bottles. Canned goods. Fruits. Vegetables. Jams.
These can be too much for your fridge to handle.
Instead of getting cold, they can actually cause your fridge to heat up.
This is a fun one:
Organize your refrigerator! Here are a few tips you can follow:
- Place big food items around the middle.
- Make a plan where you’ll place your food items.
- The food you put closer to the vents will be the coldest.
- Don’t push food items close together when putting new things in.
This helps to give enough space for the cold air to circulate around the refrigerator.
Remember, a spacious fridge is a cooler fridge.
Don’t forget to check out: 15 Refrigerator Do’s And Don’ts (Avoid #7 At All Times)
#5: Broken door gaskets
Closing your refrigerator doors is important.
Not only does it save energy. But it also ensures that everything stays cool.
“But what makes refrigerator doors special?”
Refrigerators have gaskets lining their doors. These are rubbery strips that seal in cold air.
Gaskets can last a long time in refrigerators.
So don’t worry about them too much if you have a new model.
But in time, gaskets can break apart. Or they could get damaged by accident.
When this happens, they won’t be able to keep your refrigerator cool.
Here’s an easy 3-step solution for a broken gasket:
Step 1: Check your refrigerator gasket. See how big the tear is.
Step 2: Find your fridge’s measurements. This way, you’ll know what gasket size would fit.
Step 3: Replace the broken gasket. You can order yours through Amazon.
But make sure to contact your Magic Chef service provider to be safe.
Note: To prevent your door gaskets from damage, close your refrigerator door properly. And don’t keep the doors open for too long to keep warm air out.