Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

refrigerator not cooling

There are a lot of reasons for why a refrigerator will not cool. If you want to save yourself a little time and burden, give Halo Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in CITY, ST. We’re happy to visit and diagnose the cooling problem as well as fix it for you.

When your refrigerator is no longer cold, it’s time to determine what the problem could be. Often times it’s something as common as a routine coil cleaning. However, with these modern refrigerators, they are equipped with various sensors as well.

Before we look too deep, we look at the most typical and easy reasons for this problem. Here are some of the issues that we’ve determined can lead to a refrigerator not cooling:

Is the refrigerator plugged into an electrical outlet? This may seem like it is a odd question, but we’ve been hired for jobs that this was the issue. For some reason, the refrigerator was unplugged. Maybe a kid did it, or an electrician during a service visit. Whatever the cause might be, make sure it’s plugged in.

Look at the thermostat inside. This is a common problem for those with children in the house. After all, children love dials and buttons and so, without understanding they are doing something bad, they mess with them. So, be sure that the thermostat setting isn’t the reason for the warm fridge.

Which Refrigerator Parts to Inspect?

Be sure the vents in the freezer aren’t blocked with containers or food. This is common because sometimes frozen vegetables get jammed in the back of the freezer. There could be food in the very back of a freezer that has long been forgotten about.

Be sure the condenser cooling fan is clear and clean of debris. To be sure, unplug the fridge and pull it out from the wall. The cooling fan for several models is right at the bottom or somewhere in the back of the freezer section. Many times, people do not think about cleaning this area of the fridge. But, it is very important to clean it. And, it fills up with fuzz and dust quickly, especially with houses that have pets. So, find a clean rag and get the collected dust out of the refrigerator coils and fan.

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

The Freezer is Cold but the Fridge Isn’t

There are a few more reasons for a refrigerator that won’t cool after these more common ones to start to check if your freezer is cool but the refrigerator isn’t. The evaporator coils have frost on them. This occurs if there’s a malfunction in the defrost system. Or if the automatic defrost has an issue. The evaporator fan motor can be another reason.

Every fridge has a set of evaporator coils. These evaporator coils are what gets cold and then the fan moves the cold air throughout the unit. The damper control assembly is not working properly. The temperature control board that provides the electricity to the compressor and fan, this probably isn’t the issue but it is worth mentioning.

And, the thermistor might be malfunctioning, which is a little sensor within the appliance that tells the temperature. Having one of our technicians look at it is the best solution but these are some of the most typical problems.