Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

refrigerator not cooling

There are many reasons a refrigerator is not cooling. If you want to save yourself a little time and burden, give Boyle Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in CITY, ST. We’re happy to come out and troubleshoot the issue and correct it for you.

When a refrigerator isn’t cold anymore, it’s time to figure out what the problem could be. Most times it’s something as simple as a routine coil cleaning. But, with these latest models of refrigerators, they are manufactured with various sensors too.

Before we investigate further, we monitor the most common and common causes for this issue. Here are a couple of of the things that we’ve found can lead to a refrigerator that won’t cool:
Is it plugged into an outlet? This might seem like it is a funny question, but we’ve been called out to jobs that this was the reason for the problem. Somehow, it was unplugged. Maybe a a pet unplugged it, or an electrician while doing a project. Whatever the reason may be, make sure it’s plugged in.
Look at the thermostat inside. This is a very common problem for anyone with small children in the house. After all, children like dials and buttons and so, without understanding they are doing something bad, they play with them. So, be sure that the thermostat setting is not the reason for the warm fridge.

Refrigerator Components to Inspect?

Check that each of the vents in the freezer aren’t blocked with food or containers. This is very common since frozen vegetables get pushed in the back. There might be food in the very back of a freezer unit that has long been forgotten.

Be sure the refrigerator’s condenser cooling fan is clean and clear of debris. To be sure, unplug the refrigerator and pull it out from the kitchen wall. The cooling fan for most models is right at the bottom of the appliance or in the back of the freezer unit. A lot of times, people don’t think about cleaning this section of the appliance. But, it is important to keep it clean. And, it clogs up with fuzz and dust quickly, especially in homes that have pets. So, find a rag and clean the collected dust out of the coils and fan.

This is not recommended for refrigerators that have a rear coil system. Once all clean, plug it into the outlet and monitor if the cooling fan moves.

The Freezer Unit is Cold but the Refrigerator is Not

There are many causes for a refrigerator not cooling after these more common ones to start to check if your freezer is cold but your refrigerator isn’t. The evaporator coils have frost on them. This occurs because there is a failure in the defrost system. Or when the automatic defrost experiences an issue. The evaporator fan motor can be another reason.

Every refrigerator has a set of evaporator coils. These evaporator coils are what gets cold and the fan circulates the cool air throughout the unit. The damper control assembly working correctly. 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 little sensor inside the appliance that displays the temperature. Having one of our repairmen inspect it is the best solution but these are some of the most common problems.