How to test the thermostat on your refrigerator. This video will show you how and why you should check the thermostat or cold control on your fridge.
If you refrigerator is not working at all, no compressor and no evaporator fan is running, this is what you should check.

First you want to make sure the refrigerator is not stuck in defrost. Then you want to go ahead and check the thermostat or also called cold control.

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Refrigerator not getting cold at all would be the symptom.

The refrigerator shown in this video is a Frigidaire Top Mount Refrigerator FRT18 Model

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23 thoughts on “Refrigerator Not Cooling – What to Check

  1. Jimmy Williams says:

    As n extra test I fo is use a jumper wire to poke down in bothe wires by bypassing the timer if it comes on then thats a nother proof its a bad thermostat. I really enjoy your videos Bill you help me a lot

  2. nando4755 says:

    Lets say the defrost timer is out of defrost ! Your thermostat has continuity with termostat control on the on position !! But still you dnt hear no compressor no fan !! So the only last thing would be is the thermostat control rite ???

  3. Cthrnhrbn_ says:

    Can I put the fridge into defrost REPEATEDLY to defrost my fridge that I think needs a defrost timer. But it will have to wait 8 more days till I can pay for a new one
    Let me know

  4. Losapina Feletoa says:

    OMG!! I just got this fridge (used) last week. I LOVE this fridge! I was so bummed when I came home from grocery shopping & it was off! I thought it was the fan in the back, pulled it all apart & nothing. Found this video, put the back back together, did this and HALLELUJAH!!! I was on the verge of a BREAKDOWN trying to figure this out!! I frickin love YouTube and people like you who are willing to post videos to help!!! Thank you so much!!!

  5. Glenn Sargent says:

    Bill I watched couple of videos very nausable only question I have is I changed the thermostat the timer and a relay refrigerator Switch and it not getting cold . Freezer is not cold also So my question is to you is it a time for a new refrigerator ?

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