Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

refrigerator not cooling

There are a few reasons a refrigerator is not cooling. If you would like to save yourself a little time and inconvenience, give Dawson’s Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in CITY, ST. Our repairmen are eager to visit and troubleshoot the cooling problem as well as fix it for you.

When your refrigerator is no longer cold, it’s time to determine what the issue might be. Most times it’s something as basic as a good coil cleaning behind the appliance. However, with these modern models of refrigerators, they are manufactured with a variety of sensors as well.

Before we investigate further, we look at the most common and simple reasons for this issue. Here are some issues that we’ve found can lead to a refrigerator that will not cool:

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

Check the thermostat inside. This is a common problem for those with children in the house. After all, kids love buttons and dials and so, without understanding they’re doing anything bad, they play with them. So, be sure that the thermostat temperature is not the cause of the warm fridge.

Refrigerator Parts to Troubleshoot?

Check that the vents inside the freezer area are not blocked with containers or food. This is common since bags of frozen vegetables get jammed in the back. There can be food in the back of a freezer unit that has been forgotten.

Be sure the refrigerator’s condenser cooling fan is clean and clear of all debris. To be sure, unplug the refrigerator and pull it out from the kitchen wall. The cooling fan for many models is right at the bottom of the appliance or somewhere in the back part of the freezer section. Often times, customers do not think about cleaning this area of the fridge. But, it’s very important to keep it clean. And, it fills up with dust and fuzz quickly, especially with homes that have pets. So, find a clean rag and clean the dust out of the coils and fan.

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

The Freezer Unit is Cold but the Fridge is Not

There are many reasons for a refrigerator that won’t cool after these obvious ones to start to check if your freezer is cool but the fridge isn’t. The evaporator coils are frosted over. This occurs when there’s a failure in the defrost heating system. Or if the automatic defrost has a problem. The evaporator fan motor is another reason.

Every fridge has a set of evaporator coils. These evaporator coils are what gets cold and the fan pushes the cold air around inside the appliance. The damper control assembly working properly. The temperature control board that carries the electricity to the fan and compressor, this isn’t likely the problem but it is worth troubleshooting.

And, the thermistor could be defective, which is a small sensor in the unit that displays the temperature. Having one of our technicians look at it is the best option but these are some of the most typical issues.