Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

There are many reasons a refrigerator isn’t cooling. If you want to spare yourself some time and inconvenience, give Pierce Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in CITY, ST. Our technicians are happy to visit and diagnose the problem and correct it for you.

When a refrigerator is no longer cold anymore, it is time to see what the problem is. Most times it is something as basic as a routine coil cleaning. But, with these latest fridges, they are equipped with various sensors as well.

Before we investigate further, we inspect the most common and common causes for this issue. Here are a few of of the issues that we have determined can lead to a refrigerator that won’t cool:

Is the refrigerator plugged in? This will seem like it is a funny question, but we have been called out to appointments that this was the reason for the problem. Somehow, it was not plugged in. Maybe a kid did it, or an electrician during a service visit. Whatever the reason may be, make sure it is plugged in.

Look at the thermostat inside. This is a typical problem for families with children in their home. After all, children love buttons and dials and so, without understanding they’re doing anything bad, they play with them. So, be sure that the thermostat setting is not the cause of the warm refrigerator.

Refrigerator Parts to Inspect?

Check that the vents in the freezer aren’t blocked with food or containers. This is common because sometimes bags of frozen veggies get jammed in the back of the freezer. There could be food in the very back of a freezer that has long been forgotten.

Be sure the refrigerator’s condenser cooling fan is clear and clean of all debris. To do this, unplug the refrigerator and slide it out from the kitchen wall. The cooling fan for many models is just at the bottom or somewhere in the back part of the freezer unit. Many times, customers don’t think to clean this section of the appliance. But, it is very important to keep it clean. And, it fills up with fuzz and dust quickly, especially with houses that have cats and dogs. So, find a clean rag and clean the dust out of the coils and cooling fan.

This is not suggested for refrigerators that have the back coil system. Once all clean, plug it into the outlet and see if the fan spins.

The Freezer Unit is Cold but the Fridge is Not

There are a few more reasons for a refrigerator that won’t cool after these more common ones to check if your freezer is cool but the refrigerator is not. The evaporator coils are frosted over. This happens if there is a malfunction in the defrost system. Or the automatic defrost has an issue. The evaporator fan motor is another cause.

Every refrigerator has a pair of evaporator coils. These evaporator coils are what cool and the fan circulates the cold air throughout the unit. The damper control assembly isn’t working correctly. The temperature control board which carries the electricity to the fan and compressor, this probably is not the issue but it is worth mentioning.

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

ADDITIONAL REFRIGERATOR RESOURCES

CLICK-TO-CALL