Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

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There are many reasons a refrigerator is not cooling. If you want to save yourself some time and inconvenience, give Heritage Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in CITY, ST. We are eager to come out and troubleshoot the cooling issue as well as correct it for you.

When a refrigerator is not cold anymore, it is time to see what the problem is. Most times it is something as simple as a good coil cleaning behind the appliance. But, with new models of refrigerators, they’re equipped with a variety of sensors too.

Before we look too deep, we look at the most typical and easy reasons for this issue. Here are some of the things that we have found lead to a refrigerator not cooling:

Is it plugged in? This may seem like a odd question, but we’ve been hired for appointments that this was the issue. For some reason, the refrigerator was unplugged. it’s possible a a pet did it, or an electrician during a project. Whatever the cause might be, be sure it is plugged in.

Check the thermostat inside of the appliance. This is a very typical issue for those with children in the house. After all, children love dials and buttons and so, without knowing they are doing anything bad, they play with them. So, check that the thermostat setting is not the reason for the warm fridge.

Refrigerator Parts to Inspect?

Check that the vents in the freezer area aren’t blocked with containers or food. This is very common because sometimes frozen vegetables get pushed in the back. There could 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 all debris. To be sure, unplug the refrigerator and slide it out from the wall. The fan for most models is just at the bottom of the appliance or in the back of the freezer portion. Often times, customers do not think to clean this section of the fridge. But, it’s important to clean it. And, it builds up with fuzz and dust quickly, especially with homes that have cats and dogs. So, grab a clean rag and get the collected dust out of the coils and cooling fan.

This is not a suggestion for refrigerators that have a rear coil system. Once everything is clean, plug it into the outlet and notice if the cooling fan spins.

The Freezer is Cold but the Refrigerator is Not

There are several causes for a refrigerator not cooling after these obvious ones to check if your freezer is cool but the fridge isn’t. The evaporator coils have frost on them. This happens if there’s a malfunction in the defrost heating system. Or the automatic defrost experiences a problem. The evaporator fan motor is another cause.

Every fridge has a pair of evaporator coils. These coils are what gets cold and then the fan circulates the cool air around inside the appliance. The damper control assembly working the right way. The temperature control board which provides the electricity to the compressor and fan, this probably isn’t the issue but it is worth mentioning.

And, the thermistor could be defective, which is a little sensor inside the appliance that displays the temperature. Having one of our repairmen look at it is the best solution but these are a few of of the most common issues.