Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

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There are a few reasons a refrigerator isn’t cooling. If you want to save yourself a little time and burden, give Stone Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in CITY, ST. Our repairmen are eager to visit and troubleshoot the problem as well as correct it for you.

When a refrigerator is no longer cold anymore, it’s time to see what the problem might be. Most times it is something as basic as a good coil cleaning behind the appliance. However, with latest models of refrigerators, they’re manufactured with a variety of sensors too.

Before we investigate further, we look at the most common and common causes for this problem. Here are some issues that we have found can lead to a refrigerator not cooling:

Is the cord plugged in? This might seem like it is a odd question, but we have been hired for jobs that this was the problem. Somehow, the refrigerator was unplugged. Maybe a child or pet did it, or an electrician while doing a service visit. Whatever the cause might be, be sure it’s plugged in.

Check the thermostat inside. This is a common problem for customers with small children in their house. After all, kids like buttons and dials and so, without understanding they are doing anything wrong, they play with them. So, be sure that the thermostat setting is not the reason for the warm fridge.

Refrigerator Parts to Inspect?

Check that the vents in the freezer aren’t blocked with food or boxes. This is very common because frozen veggies get pushed in the back. There might be food in the back of a freezer that has been forgotten.

Check that the condenser cooling fan is clear and clean of all debris. To do this, unplug the fridge and pull it away from the wall. The fan for many models is just at the bottom or somewhere in the back of the freezer portion. Many times, people do not think to clean this section of the refrigerator. But, it’s important to clean it. And, it fills up with dust and fuzz quickly, especially in homes that have cats and dogs. So, find a clean rag and clean the built-up dust out of the coils and fan.

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

The Freezer Unit is Cold but the Fridge is Not

There are many causes for a refrigerator not cooling after these more common ones to start to take a look at if your freezer is cold but your fridge is not. The evaporator coils have frost on them. This happens when there is a failure in the defrost system. Or when the automatic defrost experiences an issue. The evaporator fan motor can be another cause.

Every refrigerator has a pair of evaporator coils. These coils are what gets cold and then the fan pushes the cool air throughout the appliance. The damper control assembly isn’t working the right way. The temperature control board which transports the electricity to the fan and compressor, this is not likely the problem but it is worth mentioning.

And, the thermistor might be defective, which is a small sensor within the unit that displays the temperature. Having one of our repairmen look at it is the best solution but these are a few of of the most typical issues.