Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

refrigerator too warm

There are many reasons why a refrigerator isn’t cooling. If you would like to spare yourself a little time and burden, give Roy Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in California. Our technicians are eager to come out and diagnose the cooling issue as well as repair it for you.

When your refrigerator has lost its cold anymore, it’s time to figure out what the problem might be. Often times it is something as common as a routine coil cleaning. But, with these latest models of refrigerators, they are manufactured with a variety of sensors too.

Before we look too deep, we inspect the most typical and simple reasons for this issue. Here are a couple of of the issues that we’ve found lead to a refrigerator that won’t cool:

Is it plugged into an outlet? This will seem like it is a silly question, but we’ve been hired for jobs that this was the problem. For some reason, the refrigerator was unplugged. it’s possible a a pet did it, or an electrician while doing a project. Whatever the reason may be, be sure it’s plugged in.

Check the thermostat inside. This is a very typical issue for customers with children in the house. After all, children are fascinated with buttons and dials and so, without understanding they’re doing anything wrong, they play with them. So, be sure that the thermostat temperature isn’t the cause of the warm fridge.

Which Refrigerator Parts to Inspect?

Be sure each of the vents inside the freezer area are not blocked with food or containers. This is common since sometimes frozen veggies get jammed in the back. There can be food in the back of a freezer that has been forgotten about.

Check that the refrigerator’s condenser cooling fan is clean and clear of debris. To check this, unplug the fridge and pull it away from the wall. The cooling fan for most models is right at the bottom of the appliance or in the back part of the freezer portion. Many times, customers do not think about cleaning this section of the appliance. But, it’s important to clean it. And, it builds up with fuzz and dust quickly, especially in homes that have cats and dogs. So, grab a rag and get the built-up dust out of the coils and fan.

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

The Freezer Unit is Cold but the Refrigerator is Not

There are a few more causes for a refrigerator not cooling after these more common ones to check if your freezer is cool but your fridge is not. The evaporator coils are frosted over. This occurs if there’s a failure in the defrost system. Or if the automatic defrost has an issue. The evaporator fan motor is another cause.

Every refrigerator has a pair of evaporator coils. These coils are what gets cold and the fan pushes the cold air around inside 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 isn’t likely the problem but it’s worth troubleshooting.

And, the thermistor could be defective, which is a tiny sensor inside the appliance that tells the temperature. Having one of our repairmen look at it is the best solution but these are a few of of the most typical problems.