You open your fridge and grab the milk – and realize it’s not cold. Sounds like your refrigerator isn’t cooling properly.

If you're crying over “spoiled milk,” inspect your refrigerator for these five possible causes.

1. Refrigerator is not turned on

If you recently had a power outage, your refrigerator may need to be manually turned back on. Your refrigerator also could have been accidentally turned off during a routine cleaning. To see how to turn your refrigerator on and off, refer to its use and care guide.

Amana® side-by-side refrigerator

2. Power supply issue

Make sure the power cord is plugged into a 3-prong outlet that’s using a 115-Volt, 60-Hz., AC-only 15- or 20-amp fused, grounded electrical supply. It’s recommended that your refrigerator is connected to a separate circuit serving only your refrigerator. Don’t use an extension cord or an outlet that can be turned off by a switch. Check to make sure the outlet is working by plugging in a lamp or other small appliance.

If the outlet isn’t the problem, check the circuit breaker or household fuses to ensure they’re working properly. If they’re not, reset the circuit breaker or replace the non-working fuses.

3. Controls are off or set incorrectly

First make sure the controls are turned on. Then check the setting. Most controls are preset to the mid setting, which should be correct for normal household use. If you need to adjust the temperature, wait 24 hours after adjusting to see if the temperature has changed. Adjusting to a higher setting lowers the temperature in the refrigerator, and adjusting to a lower setting raises the temperature.

4. Refrigerator is next to a heat source

It’s recommended that refrigerators are not installed near ovens, radiators, or any other heat sources.

5. Refrigerator is in “demo” or “showroom” mode

This mode is used on some store display models. If you accidentally turn this feature on, the word “Showroom” will light up on the display. Refer to your refrigerator’s use and care guide to turn it off.

Refrigerator water dispenser panel

Still not cooling?

You may need a professional repair. Or, if your refrigerator is more than 10 years old, it might be time for a replacement. Amana has great refrigerators at a great value – check out the latest.