Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

There are a variety of reasons a refrigerator isn’t cooling. If you want to spare yourself some time and inconvenience, give Factory Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair. We are happy to visit and diagnose the cooling issue as well as correct it for you.

When your refrigerator is not cold, it is time to see what the problem might be. A lot of times it’s something as simple as a routine coil cleaning. But, with these new models of refrigerators, they are manufactured with various sensors too.

Before we look too deep, we inspect the most common and common reasons for this problem. Here are a few of things that we have determined can lead to a refrigerator not cooling:

Is it plugged in? This may seem like it’s a silly question, but we’ve been called out to jobs that this was the issue. For some reason, it was not plugged in. it’s possible a a pet did it, or an electrician while doing a service visit. Whatever the case may be, be sure it is plugged in.

Check the thermostat inside. This is a very typical problem for anyone with children in the house. After all, kids love buttons and dials and so, without knowing they are doing anything bad, they mess with them. So, be sure that the thermostat temperature is not the reason for the warm fridge.

Refrigerator Components to Troubleshoot?

Be sure the vents inside the freezer aren’t blocked with food or boxes. This is very common since sometimes bags of frozen veggies get jammed in the back of the freezer. There might be food in the way back of a freezer that has been forgotten.

Be sure the refrigerator’s condenser cooling fan is clear and clean of debris. To do this, unplug the refrigerator and pull it away from the wall. The cooling fan for many models is right at the bottom or somewhere in the back of the freezer unit. Often times, people do not think to clean this area of the appliance. But, it’s important to clean it. And, it fills up with fuzz and dust quickly, especially with houses that have pets. So, grab a clean rag and get the dust out of the coils and cooling fan.

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

The Freezer Unit is Cold but the Refrigerator is Not

There are several reasons for a refrigerator not cooling after these more common ones to check if your freezer is cold but your refrigerator isn’t. The evaporator coils are frosted over. This happens because there’s a failure in the defrost heating system. Or if the automatic defrost experiences a problem. The evaporator fan motor is another cause.

Every refrigerator has a pair of evaporator coils. These evaporator coils are what cool and the fan circulates the cold air throughout the appliance. The damper control assembly isn’t working the right way. The temperature control board that carries the electricity to the compressor and fan, this probably isn’t the problem but it’s worth mentioning.

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

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