Magic Chef Refrigerator Not Cooling: How to Fix the Problem

Written By David Varnes

David Varnes is an Appliance Repair Professional with over 15 years of experience.

If your Magic Chef refrigerator is not cooling, don’t panic! There are a few things that you can do to try to fix the problem.

In this article, we will discuss some of the most common causes of this issue and how to correct them. We will also provide some tips on how to keep your refrigerator running smoothly.

Solution 1: Condenser Coils are Dirty

The condenser coils are generally located beneath the fridge. They dissipate heat as refrigerant goes through them. If the condenser coils are clogged, they will not efficiently dissipate the heat.

As debris accumulates on the coils, the refrigerator requires more effort to cool down. The refrigerator will be unable to maintain its ideal temperature if the condenser coils are excessively dirty.

To clean the coils, follow these steps:

  • Unplug the fridge and remove any food that is stored in it.
  • Next, locate the coils and use a brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner to remove any dust or debris.
  • You can also use a coil cleaning solution to help break up the dirt and grime.
  • Once the coils are clean, you should see a noticeable difference in the performance of your fridge.

Solution 2: Condenser Fan Motor is Not Working

The refrigerator’s condenser fan motor draws air into the condenser coils and over the compressor. If the condenser fan motor is not operational, the refrigerator will not operate effectively.

Check to see whether there are any obstructions on the fan blade first. After that, try turning the fan motor by hand. Replace the condenser fan motor if no obstruction is present and the fan motor does not turn freely.

Solution 3: Evaporator Fan Motor is Not Working

The evaporator fan motor draws air over the evaporator coils and circulates it throughout the refrigerator and freezer compartments. Some refrigerators have extra evaporator fan motors.

The evaporator is positioned in the freezer compartment on refrigerators with only one evaporator.

When the evaporator fan is not operating, it will be unable to distribute cold air from the freezer to the refrigerator compartment. If this happens, while the freezer does get cold, the refrigerator will not. Try manually turning the fan blade if the evaporator fan motor is defective.

If there is no movement in the fan blade, then replace the evaporator fan motor.

Solution 4: Start Relay is Defective

The start relay activates the compressor through the start winding. If the start relay is faulty, the compressor may not operate properly or at all. As a result, the refrigerator will not be cold enough.

To check whether the start relay is faulty, use a multimeter to determine whether there is continuity between the run and start terminal sockets. Replace it if there is no continuity.

Solution 5: Temperature Control Thermostat is Not Working

The temperature control thermostat directs voltage to the compressor, evaporator fan motor, and condenser fan motor. If the temperature control thermostat is not working properly, it may prevent the refrigerant system from running.

Rotate the thermostat from its lowest position to its highest setting, then listen for a click. If the thermostat clicks, it is unlikely to be defective.

Test the temperature control thermostat for continuity with a multimeter if it does not click at any temperature setting. If the temperature control thermostat is not connected at any setting, replace it.

Solution 6: Start Capacitor is Not Working

During start-up, the start capacitor provides a surge of energy to the compressor. If the start capacitor is faulty, the compressor may not operate. As a result, the refrigerator won’t keep cool.

Test the start capacitor with a multimeter if it isn’t working. Replace any defective start capacitor immediately.

Solution 7: Temperature Control Board is Faulty

The temperature control board regulates the amount of coolant pumped into the compressor and fan motors. If the temperature control board is faulty, it will cease to provide power to the cooling system. This is not a frequent occurrence, though.

Because many control boards are misdiagnosed, before replacing the control board, check all of the other more common components first.

Solution 8: Thermistor is Defective

The thermistor is used to measure the temperature of the refrigerator and send it to the control board. The cooling system is controlled by the control board, which uses thermistor readings to regulate the power to the compressor and evaporator fan.

When a thermistor is bad, the compressor and evaporator fan may not turn on as needed, resulting in an insufficiently cooled refrigerator.

Test the thermistor with a multimeter if it is not working properly. If the thermistor is defective, replace it.

Solution 9: Compressor is Faulty

A compressor is a pump that compresses the refrigerant and circulates it throughout the evaporator and condenser coils. The refrigerator will not cool if the compressor fails. This is, however, uncommon.

Check all of the more typical faulty components before replacing the compressor.

If you’ve verified that all of the other components are in good working order, examine the compressor. Test the continuity between the electrical pins on the side of the compressor with a multimeter.

The compressor is most likely broken if there is an open circuit. A qualified expert must replace a defective compressor.

Solution 10: Main Control Board is Broken

The main control board might be broken. However, this is rarely the case. Test each of the more common faulty components before replacing the main control board. Replace the main control board only if none of the other components are faulty.

Why is My Magic Chef Refrigerator Not Cooling?

When the Magic Chef refrigerator is overheating, its compressor becomes hot. If there isn’t any refrigerant or if the fridge thermostat is low, a compressor can get hot. Check to see whether the thermostat temperature is correct as well as the refrigerant level.

The Magic Chef refrigerator’s cooling fan and condenser may be to blame for the malfunction. So, have a look at the condenser coils, which are located at the rear of the appliance.

If dirt, debris, or dust covers the condenser coils, it might be because the fridge is unable to dissipate heat.

The Magic Chef refrigerator’s cooling fan is designed to keep the appliance cool at all times. Its motor, on the other hand, might break due to excessive usage. So make sure the fan is still turning by checking it. If it isn’t, you may need a professional’s help in fixing it or replacing it.


Magic Chef refrigerators are one of the most popular brands on the market. They come in a variety of sizes, styles, and colors to suit every family’s needs.

Unfortunately, these appliances can also experience some common malfunctions like not cooling or running constantly without shutting off.

This article provides an overview for troubleshooting each component that could be causing your fridge to malfunction. With a little investigation and these tips, you should be able to fix your fridge in no time!