Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

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There are a few reasons why a refrigerator will not cool. If you want to save yourself a little time and inconvenience, give Warner Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in CITY, ST. We’re eager to come out and troubleshoot the issue and correct it for you.

When a refrigerator has lost its cold anymore, it’s time to figure out what the issue could be. Often times it’s something as simple as a routine coil cleaning behind the refrigerator. But, with these new models of refrigerators, they’re manufactured with a variety of sensors as well.

Before we investigate further, we monitor the most typical and easy reasons for this problem. Here are a few of of the things that we’ve found can lead to a refrigerator that will not cool:

Is the refrigerator plugged in? This will seem like it’s a silly question, but we have been hired for jobs that this was the problem. Somehow, the refrigerator was unplugged. Maybe a child or pet did it, or an electrician during a service visit. Whatever the reason may be, be sure it is plugged in.

Look at the thermostat inside of the unit. This is a very typical issue for families with small children in their home. After all, kids like dials and buttons and so, without knowing they are doing anything wrong, they mess with them. So, be sure that the thermostat setting is not the cause of the warm refrigerator.

Which Refrigerator Components to Troubleshoot?

Check that the vents inside the freezer are not blocked with boxes or food. This is common since frozen vegetables get stuck in the back of the freezer. There might be food in the very back of a freezer that has been forgotten.

Check that the condenser cooling fan is clean and clear of all debris. To check this, unplug the refrigerator and pull it away from the kitchen wall. The cooling fan for a lot of models is right at the bottom or somewhere in the back part of the freezer portion. A lot of times, people don’t think to clean this area of the appliance. But, it is very important to keep it clean. And, it fills up with fuzz and dust quickly, especially with homes that have pets. So, find a rag and clean the collected dust out of the refrigerator coils and fan.

This is not recommended for refrigerators that have the rear coil system. Once all clean, plug it into the outlet and see if the cooling fan spins.

The Freezer is Cold but the Refrigerator is Not

There are a few more causes for a refrigerator that won’t cool after these more common ones to start to check if the freezer is cold but the fridge is not. The evaporator coils are frosted over. This happens if there is a malfunction in the defrost heating system. Or when the automatic defrost has a problem. The evaporator fan motor can be another reason.

Every refrigerator has a pair of evaporator coils. These coils are what cool and then the fan pushes the cold air throughout the unit. The damper control assembly is not working properly. The temperature control board transports the electricity to the compressor and fan, this probably isn’t the problem but it’s worth mentioning.

And, the thermistor could be malfunctioning, which is a tiny sensor within the appliance that displays the temperature. Having one of our technicians inspect it is the best option but these are a few of of the most common issues.