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How Long Does It Take for a Refrigerator to Cool?

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So you just bought a new refrigerator and are itching to put it to good use. But before you load the appliance with eggs, milk, and other perishable items, it’s important to give it ample time to cool down. 

Pro Tip: The compressor unit condenses refrigerant fluid before transferring it to the condenser coil at the bottom of the fridge. To avoid oil from leaking out of the compressor and causing a restriction, the fridge needs to be stored, handled, and transported in an upright position.

How Long Does It Take for a Refrigerator to Cool?

Although the answer to this question depends on the make and model of the refrigerator, it typically takes up to 24 hours for a new refrigerator to get cold and ready to be loaded with food and drinks. This allows time for the refrigerator to achieve the correct internal temperature, produce chilled water, and make the first batches of ice production.

We recommend consulting with the manufacturer to get your refrigerator’s exact specifics and the time it needs to store foods safely.

How Cold Should My Refrigerator Be?

A fridge’s temperature should be roughly 37 degrees, while your freezer should be 0 degrees. At this stage, it is considered safe to store food. An unstable temperature may result from a broken freezer fan or condenser fan or dirty condenser coils. Keep in mind that an overcrowded refrigerator can decrease airflow and restrict cooling capacity, which results in inefficiency. If turning down the thermostat doesn’t change the temperature, a licensed repair technician should inspect the freezer fan, condenser fan, or dirty condenser coils to determine the root of the cause. 

How Will I Know When My Refrigerator is Cool Enough?

To determine if your new refrigerator is ready to store food, you’ll need to use an appliance thermometer. Place the thermometer in the center of the middle shelf and wait a few minutes to get an accurate reading.

Faulty Appliande?

How Long Does The New Refrigerator Take To Make Ice?

The answer varies with the refrigerator brand you have, but most refrigerators will need about 24 hours to run before ice is formed. We recommend changing the water filter every 6 months and adjusting the freezer temperature to 0 degrees Fahrenheit. If the raking mechanism is stuck, check for ice that may be in the way.

Call the Repair Technicians at iFiX for Your Refrigerator Repair.

If your refrigerator isn’t getting or staying cold, it’s time to immediately call our Ogden appliance repair team. Our experience in diagnosing and repairing all makes and models of refrigerators makes us the best refrigerator repair choice in Northern Utah. Our professionals have the experience, training, and resources needed to repair your home’s appliance properly. If you are in Weber or Davis Counties, iFiX is your solution for appliance repair needs. Contact us today at 801-731-4349 to schedule an appointment.



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