There’s nothing more exciting than having a brand-new refrigerator delivered to your home. Unfortunately, that’s also why it can be pretty disappointing when the appliance doesn’t seem to cool down correctly. But don’t worry; the problem isn’t as bad as it might seem.
A faulty component is the least likely possibility when a brand-new refrigerator doesn’t cool down. Instead, check that the fridge has a reliable power source. Place it in a well-ventilated spot far away from any heat source, including direct sunlight exposure. Lastly, give the refrigerator up to 24 hours to stabilize its internal temperatures and arrange your items neatly to optimize cooling.
Read through this guide to learn everything you need to know to get your brand-new refrigerator cooling down as soon as possible.
Why Is My Brand New Samsung Fridge Not Cooling?
When a brand-new refrigerator fails to cool, you can immediately rule out excess wear and tear in its components. After all, the appliance hasn’t been running for very long since it left the factory floor, and its parts are equally brand-new.
Instead, the root cause of your problem is likely related to its initial setup and use.
Follow these steps to get to the bottom of this problem and solve it quickly:
Step 1: Check The Power Supply
First and foremost, you’ll want to ensure that the refrigerator is turned on correctly and has a reliable power supply. For example, the fridge’s plug might not be fully inserted into the wall socket.
Besides that, your household circuit breaker that protects that wall socket might also be in the OFF position, either by mistake or because it had tripped earlier. You’ll know that’s the case if you see the switch in any other position except the ON position.
Lastly, remember that the appliance also has an ON/OFF switch located somewhere on the unit. The fridge will not cool if you haven’t flipped that switch on after plugging it into the wall socket.
What to do: Firstly, remove the refrigerator’s plug from the wall socket and ensure that nothing is blocking it. Then, plug it back in.
Next, flip the appliance’s ON/OFF switch to the ON position. The precise location of the switch will differ between models, so refer to the owner’s manual if you can’t find it.
Lastly, check your household circuit breaker for anything that might have tripped. Reset the circuit that your fridge is using.
Connect with an Appliance Repair Tech
Click here to use the chatbox to speak with one of our technicians.
No in-home service calls. No appointments.
Step 2: Be Mindful Of Placement
The physical placement of a new refrigerator can also affect how efficiently it cools down.
Remember: a refrigerator works by circulating coolant throughout its cooling system. First, that coolant absorbs heat inside the fridge’s compartments, leaving them cold. Then, the heated coolant circulates to the coils behind the appliance, where heat escapes into the surrounding air.
Suppose your refrigerator is too close to the wall behind it. Or, maybe you’ve placed it in a cramped space inside your kitchen with little or no ventilation. In that case, the placement prevents the fridge from releasing heat, leaving its compartments warm.
The same problem also occurs when external heat sources are too close to the fridge. For example, a window letting direct sunlight land on the refrigerator or a hot stove next to it can keep the appliance warm and prevent it from cooling.
What to do: You can solve this problem by choosing an ideal location for your refrigerator. Wherever you put it, it should have a 2-inch gap on all sides for optimal ventilation.
Meanwhile, its location should also be free from direct sunlight exposure, and any heat-generating appliances should not be next to it.
Step 3: Give The Fridge Time To Cool
Once your brand-new refrigerator is powered and placed correctly, you need time and patience. All refrigerators need up to 24 hours to reach your set temperature, especially if you’re turning them on for the first time.
The same is true if the refrigerator has been shut off for an extended period. Cooling a room-temperature fridge takes several hours.
That’s especially true if you’ve loaded warm food into the new refrigerator. This is because not only does the appliance have to cool itself down, it also has to cool those food items simultaneously.
As a result, you’ll feel like the fridge isn’t cooling down fast enough.
What to do: Firstly, you must adjust your expectations for how long it takes the brand-new refrigerator to cool down. The safest target is 24 hours from when you first turn it on, as most refrigerators need that much time to stabilize their internal temperatures.
However, suppose your fridge is empty, or you’re only loading a few items into it. In that case, you can expect the refrigerator to cool down in a shorter time frame. Most fridges will reach their set temperature within 4-8 hours if they don’t have many items inside to cool.
Step 4: Optimize Airflow
A lack of internal airflow can also cause your new fridge to struggle when cooling down. After all, the refrigerator must distribute its cold air to ensure that its compartments are cold enough to safely store food items.
For example, when transferring items from your old fridge to the new one, some air vents might have become blocked by accident. Meanwhile, food containers that aren’t organized neatly will restrict cold air distribution to all corners of the compartment.
Lastly, ensuring that the air doesn’t escape the refrigerator while still cooling down is essential. That means you should shut the appliance’s doors firmly and avoid opening them frequently.
What to do: Firstly, ensure that your food containers and packages are arranged so air can flow around them smoothly. Leaving small gaps between them is enough to achieve that, especially around the air vents at the back.
Next, leave the fridge closed as much as possible for the next 24 hours. That way, the air inside can cool down more efficiently without escaping when you open the door.
When you install a brand-new fridge, it can be pretty disappointing to find that the appliance doesn’t cool down quickly. Still, there’s a silver lining: the likelihood of a faulty component is extremely low.
Instead, you’ll need to troubleshoot the setup and placement of the fridge to find the root cause. Check the fridge’s power supply and ensure its contents are arranged neatly to optimize airflow. Also, make sure the fridge is in a spot with plenty of ventilation and no heat sources nearby.