A warm refrigerator can be a costly problem if you don’t deal with it right away. So when your GE refrigerator won’t stay cold, it’s in your best interest to find and fix the source of the problem. Luckily, we’re here with some simple tips that can save you time and money on lost food.

Reasons Why Your GE Refrigerator Won’t Stay Cold

Incorrect Refrigerator Temperature Settings

The simplest fix for a GE refrigerator not cold enough inside is to check the temperature settings. If the refrigerator’s internal temperature is set too high, this could be why it’s not as cold as it should be.

GE suggests setting your refrigerator to the recommended temperature in your model’s use & care guide which should be somewhere between 35°-38° F. Use a refrigerator thermometer if your model doesn’t have a digital display that shows the current temperature inside.

Refrigerator Is Too Empty

Having a certain amount of items in the refrigerator helps it stay cold similar to how ice cubes keep beverages cold. Each refrigerator has a cubic foot capacity which is also detailed in the use & care guide.

Like most manufacturers, GE recommends keeping your refrigerator compartment around 3/4 full. Without enough items being stored, your refrigerator will have to work harder to get and stay cool.

Refrigerator Is Too Full

On the other hand, keeping your refrigerator too full can also lead to serious cooling issues. If this is the case, too many items in the refrigerator could be blocking airflow between the refrigerator and freezer sections.

Cool air is generated in the freezer section and enters the fresh food compartment through a vent. By keeping your refrigerator around 3/4 full, you can ensure that this vent doesn’t become obstructed.

Refrigerator Door Won’t Seal Shut

Refrigerator doors must be completely sealed shut in order to keep cold air in and warm air out. If the door isn’t closed all the way, or if the door gasket is dirty or damaged, a proper seal cannot form.

An easy way to test this is to put a piece of paper in between the unit and door gasket, then shut the door. If you can easily pull the paper out, your gasket needs to be cleaned or replaced. Always try cleaning first by wiping down the seals with a cloth or sponge and warm water.

GE Refrigerator Coils Need to Be Cleaned

Because refrigerator condenser coils are typically hidden, it’s hard to remember that they need to stay clean and free of dust in order to work efficiently. Over time, dust and debris collect on the coils and can cause the refrigerator to not work as efficiently.

Reduced cooling efficiency can lead to reduced temperatures, and eventually a total failure of the cooling system. Luckily, this is an easy problem to prevent! Just follow our step-by-step instructions for how to clean refrigerator condenser coils

Broken GE Refrigerator Parts

If all else fails, your refrigerator may have one or more broken components causing your cooling issues. Some of the most common faulty refrigerator parts include the evaporator fan motor, condenser fan motor, and the compressor.

Since replacing these parts requires skill and experience, we suggest hiring a professional to diagnose and replace any major component. 

If your GE refrigerator won’t stay cold after following these instructions, now may be the time to call for refrigerator repair service from the pros at Aviv Service Today. We’re standing by to help fix the problem and get your refrigerator icy cold again!