Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

refrigerator not cooling

There are a lot of reasons a refrigerator will not cool. If you want to save yourself some time and inconvenience, give Green Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in CITY, ST. We’re eager to visit and diagnose the cooling problem and repair it for you.

When your refrigerator is no longer cold, it is time to figure out what the problem might be. Most times it’s something as common as a routine coil cleaning behind the appliance. But, with these modern fridges, they’re manufactured with a variety of sensors as well.

Before we look too deep, we inspect the most typical and easy causes for this issue. Here are a few of of the things that we’ve determined can lead to a refrigerator not cooling:

Is the refrigerator plugged into an electrical outlet? This might seem like it is a funny question, but we have been called out to jobs that this was the issue. For some reason, it was not plugged in. Maybe a a pet did it, or an electrician during a service visit. Whatever the case might be, make sure it’s plugged in.

Check the thermostat inside. This is a very typical issue for anyone with children in the home. After all, kids are fascinated with dials and buttons and so, without knowing they are doing something bad, they play with them. So, check that the thermostat temperature is not the reason for the warm fridge.

Which Refrigerator Parts to Troubleshoot?

Check that the vents inside the freezer area aren’t blocked with food or boxes. This is common because bags of frozen vegetables get stuck in the back. There can be food in the way back of a freezer unit that has long been forgotten.

Check that the condenser cooling fan is clear and clean of all debris. To be sure, unplug the refrigerator and pull it away from the kitchen wall. The cooling fan for a lot of models is just at the bottom of the appliance or in the back of the freezer portion. A lot of times, customers don’t think about cleaning this section of the refrigerator. But, it is important to keep it clean. And, it piles up with dust and fuzz quickly, especially in houses that have pets. So, get a clean rag and get the collected dust out of the refrigerator 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 Unit is Cold but the Fridge Isn’t

There are several reasons for a refrigerator not cooling after these obvious ones to start to check if the freezer is cool but the fridge isn’t. The evaporator coils are frosted over. This happens when there is a malfunction in the defrost heating system. Or when the automatic defrost has a problem. The evaporator fan motor is another reason.

Every fridge has a pair of evaporator coils. These evaporator coils are what cool and then the fan pushes the cold air throughout the unit. The damper control assembly isn’t working correctly. The temperature control board which carries the electricity to the fan and compressor, this isn’t likely the issue but it is worth troubleshooting.

And, the thermistor might be defective, which is a little sensor in the appliance that displays the temperature. Having one of our technicians inspect it is the best course of action but these are some of the most typical problems.