Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

not cooling refrigerator

There are a few reasons why a refrigerator won’t cool. If you would like to save yourself some time and burden, give Hale Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in CITY, ST. Our repairmen are happy to come out and troubleshoot the issue and correct it for you.

When your refrigerator has lost its cold anymore, it is time to see what the problem might be. Often times it is something as simple as a good coil cleaning. However, with these modern models of refrigerators, they are manufactured with a variety of sensors as well.

Before we look too deep, we monitor the most typical and common reasons for this issue. Here are a few of things that we’ve found lead to a refrigerator not cooling:

Is it plugged in? This may seem like a odd question, but we have been called out to appointments that this was the issue. For some reason, it was not plugged in. it’s possible a child or pet did it, or an electrician doing a project. Whatever the reason might be, be sure it’s plugged in.

Look at the thermostat inside of the refrigerator. This is a very typical problem for customers with children in their house. After all, kids love dials and buttons and so, without knowing they are doing something wrong, they play with them. So, check that the thermostat temperature isn’t the cause of the warm fridge.

Which Refrigerator Parts to Inspect?

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

Check that the condenser cooling fan is clear and clean of all debris. To be sure, unplug the refrigerator and slide it away from the wall. The fan for several models is just at the bottom of the appliance or somewhere in the back of the freezer section. A lot of times, homeowner do not think to clean this section of the fridge. But, it is very important to clean it. And, it builds up with dust and fuzz quickly, especially in houses that have dogs and cats. So, grab a clean rag and get the built-up dust out of the coils and fan.

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

The Freezer is Cold but the Fridge is Not

There are a few more causes for a refrigerator not cooling after these obvious ones to take a look at if the freezer is cool but the refrigerator isn’t. The evaporator coils have frost on them. This happens because there’s a failure in the defrost heating system. Or when the automatic defrost experiences a problem. The evaporator fan motor can be another reason.

Every fridge has a set of evaporator coils. These evaporator coils are what gets cold and the fan circulates the cool air around inside the unit. The damper control assembly working properly. The temperature control board provides the electricity to the compressor and fan, this is not likely the problem but it’s worth mentioning.

And, the thermistor might be defective, which is a small sensor in the unit that tells the temperature. Having one of our technicians inspect it is the best solution but these are some of the most common issues.