Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

There are a few reasons for why a refrigerator will not cool. If you want to spare yourself some time and inconvenience, give All-Tech Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair. We’re eager to visit and diagnose the cooling problem and fix it for you.

When a refrigerator isn’t cold anymore, it is time to figure out what the problem might be. Most times it’s something as simple as a good coil cleaning behind the appliance. However, with latest models of refrigerators, they’re manufactured with various sensors as well.

Before we look too deep, we inspect the most typical and common causes for this problem. Here are some of the things that we’ve determined can lead to a refrigerator that will not cool:

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

Look at the thermostat inside. This is a very common problem for customers with small children in their home. After all, children like buttons and dials and so, without knowing they’re doing something bad, they play with them. So, be sure that the thermostat setting is not the cause of the warm fridge.

Which Refrigerator Components to Inspect?

Be sure the vents in the freezer area aren’t blocked with boxes or food. This is common since sometimes frozen vegetables get stuck in the back of the freezer. There could be food in the back of a freezer unit that has long been forgotten.

Be sure the refrigerator’s condenser cooling fan is clear and clean of all debris. To be sure, unplug the fridge and pull it out from the wall. The cooling fan for several models is just at the bottom of the appliance or somewhere in the back part of the freezer portion. A lot of times, homeowner don’t think to clean this section of the fridge. But, it is important to keep it clean. And, it piles up with dust and fuzz quickly, especially with homes that have pets. So, grab a rag and clean the collected dust out of the coils and fan.

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

The Freezer Unit is Cold but the Refrigerator Isn’t

There are several reasons for a refrigerator that won’t cool after these obvious ones to start to check if your freezer is cold but your fridge is not. The evaporator coils have frost on them. This happens because there is a failure in the defrost system. Or when the automatic defrost experiences an issue. The evaporator fan motor is another cause.

Every refrigerator has a pair of evaporator coils. These evaporator coils are what cool and the fan moves the cool air around inside the appliance. The damper control assembly is not working properly. The temperature control board transports the electricity to the fan and compressor, this probably is not the issue but it is worth mentioning.

And, the thermistor might be defective, which is a small sensor inside the appliance 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.

ADDITIONAL REFRIGERATOR RESOURCES