Are you frustrated because your freezer is cold but your refrigerator is warm? If so, you might be concerned that your food is going to spoil in the refrigerator. You need to figure out what the issue is so you can address it quickly. That way, you don’t have to worry about all of your hard-earned groceries going to waste.

There are several possible reasons why the refrigerator may be warm but the freezer is cold. Maybe the freezer is filled too much, perhaps there is a problem with the evaporator fan, or maybe it is simply time to defrost the refrigerator. After you figure out what the issue is, there are several steps to follow to address the problem.

We understand that you have a lot to do on a daily basis, and you may not have time to troubleshoot the issue on your own. At the same time, you don’t want to spend money for a new refrigerator if you do not have to. After all, one side is working.

That is why we have done a significant amount of research to figure out what the problem is. Are you ready to dive into your broken refrigerator? If so, let’s take a closer look!

What You’ll Need To Address Your Refrigerator

There are several materials you need to collect if you want to fix a refrigerator that is warm. These include: 

  • You will need to have access to the refrigerator itself.
  • You should also have a manual with you.
  • You may want to have a solution you can use to clean the inside of the refrigerator, along with a spray bottle.
  • You should also have a towel or a microfiber cloth you can use to wipe down the inside of the refrigerator.
  • You may want to have a brush you can use to clean the refrigerator as well.
  • You need to make sure you have plenty of towels you can place around the refrigerator and freezer just in case you need to defrost them.

After you have collected all of these materials, it is time to take a closer look at what you need to do to fix a refrigerator that is warm. What do you need to do?

Steps To Follow To Fix a Warm Refrigerator

If your freezer is cold and your refrigerator is warm, it is entirely possible that the parts that hold the refrigerator and freezer are working properly. First, you need to take a closer look at the air that fills the freezer and refrigerator. Then, you only have to look at the internal components if necessary. What does this mean? Follow the steps below.

#1 Check To See How You Packed the Freezer

The first thing you need to do is take a closer look at how you have packed the freezer. You may not realize that the way you load the freezer could have a significant impact on the temperature in the refrigerator. If you have put too many items in the freezer, the air in the freezer and refrigerator may not be flowing properly.

You may think that if you don’t want something to spoil, you simply need to throw it in the freezer; however, you cannot fill it to the brim. Otherwise, the rest of the system is going to suffer. The excess items you have put in the freezer could be blocking the vents that allow the air to flow smoothly. Therefore, the cold air from the freezer may not be reaching the refrigerator. As a result, the freezer is fine, but the refrigerator is not.

A Freezer Packed with Frozen Food
When you pack your freezer with too much food, the air will not flow through the refrigerator

If you want to fix this issue, you need to remove some of the items from your freezer. Then, you may want to move them to the refrigerator instead. Or, you may want to simply consume them. Once there is enough room for the air to flow, the refrigerator should be cold again. 

#2 Clean the Vents in the Freezer

As you start to rearrange the items, you need to take a closer look at the ability of the air to flow from the freezer to the refrigerator. If you take a look at the vents and they look like they have a bunch of debris all over them, then you need to clean them. You may want to combine some cleaning solution with a spray bottle and spray down the vents. Then, clean them with a microfiber cloth.

You may want to use warm water for this task. That way, you don’t have to worry about the water freezing the instant it hits the vent. If there is ice all over the vent, it is not going to work properly. Make sure you wipe down the vent thoroughly with a towel when you are finished. That way, you know the vent is clean, and you know the air is flowing smoothly.

If you have done this step and the refrigerator is still not working properly, it is time to move on to the next option.

 

#3 Take a Closer Look at the Evaporator Fan

After that, you may want to take a closer look at the evaporator fan. There are a lot of refrigerators that use a fan to move cold air from the freezer to the refrigerator. As the air moves from the freezer to the refrigerator, it will warm up slightly, but not so much that it causes your food to spoil.

If the evaporator fan is not working correctly, you may have a lot of cold air in the freezer, but the refrigerator may appear to be a bit warm. Therefore, you need to take a closer look at the evaporator fan to make sure it is working correctly. You may want to get your manual to figure out where the evaporator fan is located. Then, you can take a closer look and see if there is something wrong with it.

In general, the evaporator fan is located behind the wall of the freezer. If you look in the back of the refrigerator, you should be able to find the evaporator fan.

Checking the Evaporator Fan of A Fridge
Check the evaporator fan, it might need some cleaning or a replacement

You need to test the fan to make sure it is spinning freely. There might be a few screws that you need to remove to access the evaporator fan. If it looks dirty, then you need to clean it thoroughly. If the evaporator fan is still not spinning, you may need to replace it. In this case, you should call a professional who can take a closer look at the evaporator fan for you. That way, you can figure out if there is something wrong with the motor, or if there is something wrong with the blades.

A professional can also let you know if it is worth it to replace the evaporator fan or if you need to replace the entire refrigerator. If the problem is not with the evaporator fan, there may be another issue. 

#4 Have You Defrosted the System Recently?

It is also possible that you might have to defrost the refrigerator or freezer. If you do not defrost a refrigerator and freezer from time to time, your freezer may start to create ice in the wrong location. This could include the vents and the evaporator coils. If this happens, the freezer might be at the right temperature, but the refrigerator is too warm. Therefore, you need to remove the ice from the interior of your system if you want your freezer and refrigerator to work properly.

Your refrigerator probably has a defrost system that includes a timer. The system should run several times per day. The purpose of the automated system is to remove frost from the freezer and the refrigerator where it is not warranted. If the defrost system is not working properly, then you could have a lot of ice on the inside of your system.

If you do not have an automatic system, then you may have to defrost it manually. This means that you need to remove all the items from your freezer and refrigerator, place them to the side, and then unplug the entire system. As the system warms up, the ice will melt. During this time, you need to put a bunch of towels around the bottom of the freezer in the refrigerator. That way, you don’t end up with a miniature flood on the floor of your kitchen.

After the system has defrosted it completely, you can plug it back in again. You need to give the system a little while to get cool. Then, you can put all of your items back in the freezer and refrigerator. You need to defrost your system from time to time to allow the evaporator coils and the vents to work properly. 

Figure Out Why Your Refrigerator Is Warm and Your Freezer Is Cold

These are a few of the steps you need to follow if you are trying to figure out why your refrigerator is warm and your freezer is cold. In general, you want your refrigerator to be cool, but you do not want it to be as cold as your freezer. Remember that there is a system that is supposed to take the cold air from the freezer and pump it into the refrigerator.

The first thing you need to inspect if your refrigerator is warm is the manner in which you packed the freezer. If there are too many items in the freezer, the refrigerator might not be able to cool properly.

After this, you may want to take a look at the defrost system and the evaporator fan. You might need to defrost your system, and you may need to clean the evaporator fan. If you have done all of this and your refrigerator is still not working, then it may be time to reach out to a professional. That way, you can figure out what is wrong with your system and what you need to do to fix the problem.