Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

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There are a variety of reasons a refrigerator won’t cool. If you want to spare yourself some time and hassle, give Tru Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair. Our repairmen are eager to visit and diagnose the cooling issue and fix it for you.

When a refrigerator is not cold, it’s time to see what the issue is. Most times it is something as common as a routine coil cleaning. But, with these new models of refrigerators, they are equipped with a variety of sensors too.

Before we investigate further, we look at the most typical and common reasons for this problem. Here are a few of issues that we’ve found can lead to a refrigerator not cooling:

Is it plugged into an electrical outlet? This may seem like it is a silly question, but we’ve been called out to appointments that this was the issue. For some reason, it was not plugged in. it’s possible a child or pet unplugged it, or an electrician while doing a project. Whatever the reason may be, be sure it is plugged in.

Look at the thermostat inside of the refrigerator. This is a common problem for those with small children in the home. After all, children like buttons and dials and so, without understanding they’re doing something bad, they mess with them. So, be sure that the thermostat setting is not the reason for the warm fridge.

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Be sure all of the vents inside the freezer aren’t blocked with food or containers. This is common because bags of frozen veggies get stuck in the back. There might be food in the very back of a freezer that has been forgotten about.

Be sure the condenser cooling fan is clean and clear of all debris. To do this, unplug the refrigerator and slide it away from the kitchen wall. The cooling fan for many models is right at the bottom or somewhere in the back part of the freezer unit. A lot of times, customers do not think about cleaning this section of the refrigerator. But, it is very important to keep it clean. And, it clogs up with dust and fuzz quickly, especially in homes that have pets. So, get a rag and clean the dust out of the coils and fan.

This is not a suggestion 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 is Cold but the Refrigerator Isn’t

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

Every fridge has a pair of evaporator coils. These evaporator coils are what cool and the fan pushes the cool air throughout the unit. The damper control assembly is not working properly. The temperature control board transports the electricity to the compressor and fan, this isn’t likely the issue but it’s worth mentioning.

And, the thermistor might be malfunctioning, which is a small sensor in the appliance that displays the temperature. Having one of our repairmen inspect it is the best solution but these are some of the most typical issues.