Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

There are a lot of reasons a refrigerator isn’t cooling. If you want to spare yourself some time and burden, give Cole Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in CITY, ST. We are eager to visit and troubleshoot the problem and fix it for you.

When your refrigerator is not cold, it’s time to figure out what the issue might be. Most times it’s something as basic as a good coil cleaning. But, with these latest refrigerators, they’re manufactured with a variety of sensors as well.

Before we investigate further, we monitor the most common and simple reasons for this issue. Here are some issues that we have determined lead to a refrigerator not cooling:

Is it plugged in? This may seem like it is a odd question, but we’ve been hired for jobs that this was the issue. Somehow, the refrigerator was not plugged in. it’s possible a child or pet unplugged it, or an electrician during a service visit. Whatever the reason might be, make sure it’s plugged in.

Check the thermostat inside of the refrigerator. This is a typical problem for anyone with small children in the house. After all, children like dials and buttons and so, without knowing they’re doing something wrong, they play with them. So, check that the thermostat setting is not the cause of the warm refrigerator.

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Be sure the vents inside the freezer are not blocked with containers or food. This is very common because sometimes bags of frozen vegetables get pushed in the back of the freezer. There can be food in the way back of a freezer unit that has been forgotten about.

Check that the refrigerator’s condenser cooling fan is clean and clear of debris. To do this, unplug the fridge and pull it away from the wall. The cooling fan for several models is just at the bottom or somewhere in the back of the freezer unit. A lot of times, people don’t think about cleaning this area of the refrigerator. But, it’s important to clean it. And, it piles up with fuzz and dust quickly, especially in homes that have pets. So, get a clean rag and clean the dust out of the coils and fan.

This is not suggested for refrigerators that have the back coil system. Once all clean, plug it into the outlet and notice if the cooling fan moves.

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 check if the freezer is cold but your fridge isn’t. The evaporator coils have frost on them. This occurs when there is a malfunction in the defrost system. Or the automatic defrost has a problem. The evaporator fan motor is another reason.

Every refrigerator has a set of evaporator coils. These evaporator coils are what gets cold and the fan moves the cool air around inside the appliance. The damper control assembly is not working properly. The temperature control board transports the electricity to the fan and compressor, this isn’t likely the issue but it’s worth troubleshooting.

And, the thermistor might be malfunctioning, which is a tiny sensor inside the appliance that displays the temperature. Having one of our repairmen look at it is the best option but these are a few of of the most typical issues.

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