Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

refrigerator not cooling

There are a variety of reasons a refrigerator will not cool. If you would like to save yourself a little time and burden, give Vance Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Texas. We’re happy to come out and troubleshoot the problem and repair it for you.

When your refrigerator is not cold anymore, it’s time to figure out what the problem could be. Most times it is something as basic as a routine coil cleaning. However, with these latest refrigerators, they’re manufactured with various sensors too.

Before we look too deep, we monitor the most typical and easy causes for this problem. Here are some of the issues that we have determined can lead to a refrigerator that will not cool:

Is the refrigerator plugged in? This might seem like it’s a odd question, but we have been called out to jobs that this was the issue. Somehow, the refrigerator was not plugged in. it’s possible a a pet did it, or an electrician during a project. Whatever the case might be, be sure it’s plugged in.

Look at the thermostat inside. This is a very common issue for anyone with children in the home. After all, children like buttons and dials and so, without understanding they are doing something bad, they mess with them. So, check that the thermostat temperature is not the reason for the warm fridge.

Refrigerator Parts to Troubleshoot?

Check that the vents in the freezer 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 long been forgotten about.

Be sure the condenser cooling fan is clear and clean of debris. To be sure, unplug the fridge and slide it away from the wall. The fan for a lot of models is just at the bottom of the appliance or somewhere in the back of the freezer unit. Often times, homeowner don’t think about cleaning this section of the fridge. But, it is very important to keep it clean. And, it piles up with dust and fuzz quickly, especially in homes that have dogs and cats. So, grab a rag and get the built-up dust out of the coils and fan.

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

The Freezer Unit is Cold but the Fridge is Not

There are a few more reasons for a refrigerator not cooling after these more common ones to check if your freezer is cool but the refrigerator isn’t. The evaporator coils have frost on them. This happens because there is a malfunction in the defrost system. Or when the automatic defrost experiences a problem. The evaporator fan motor can be another reason.

Every fridge has a set of evaporator coils. These coils are what gets cold and the fan moves the cool air around inside the unit. The damper control assembly isn’t working the right way. The temperature control board carries the electricity to the fan and compressor, this probably is not the problem but it’s worth troubleshooting.

And, the thermistor could be malfunctioning, which is a tiny 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 common problems.