Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

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There are a lot of reasons why a refrigerator is not cooling. If you want to save yourself a little time and burden, give Price Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Alabama. We’re eager to visit and diagnose the issue as well as correct it for you.

When a refrigerator has lost its cold, it’s time to figure out what the problem is. A lot of times it is something as common as a good coil cleaning. But, with these latest models of refrigerators, they’re equipped with various sensors as well.

Before we look too deep, we look at the most common and easy reasons for this problem. Here are a few of of the issues that we have determined lead to a refrigerator not cooling:

Is the refrigerator plugged in? This may seem like it is a silly question, but we’ve been hired for jobs that this was the reason for the issue. For some reason, it was not plugged in. Maybe a kid unplugged it, or an electrician during a project. Whatever the cause might be, make sure it’s plugged in.

Check the thermostat inside of the appliance. This is a typical issue for customers with children in their house. After all, kids like dials and buttons and so, without knowing they are doing anything bad, they mess with them. So, check that the thermostat setting isn’t the cause of the warm fridge.

Refrigerator Components to Inspect?

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

Be sure the refrigerator’s condenser cooling fan is clear and clean of debris. To be sure, unplug the refrigerator and pull it out from the kitchen wall. The fan for many models is just at the bottom of the appliance or somewhere in the back of the freezer portion. Often times, homeowner do not think about cleaning this area of the fridge. But, it is very important to keep it clean. And, it builds up with fuzz and dust quickly, especially with houses that have pets. So, grab a rag and get the dust out of the coils and fan.

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

The Freezer is Cold but the Fridge is Not

There are a few more causes for a refrigerator that won’t cool after these more common ones to check if the freezer is cold but the refrigerator isn’t. The evaporator coils have frost on them. This happens because there is a failure in the defrost system. Or if the automatic defrost experiences an issue. The evaporator fan motor can be another cause.

Every fridge has a pair of evaporator coils. These coils are what gets cold and then the fan circulates the cold air throughout the appliance. The damper control assembly is not working the right way. The temperature control board that transports the electricity to the compressor and fan, this probably isn’t the problem but it is worth mentioning.

And, the thermistor might be malfunctioning, which is a little sensor inside the unit that tells the temperature. Having one of our technicians look at it is the best option but these are some of the most common issues.