Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?


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There are many reasons why a refrigerator will not cool. If you would like to save yourself a little time and burden, give Hub City Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in CITY, ST. We are eager to come out and diagnose the cooling problem and repair it for you.

When a refrigerator is no longer cold anymore, it is time to figure out what the issue might be. Often times it’s something as simple as a good coil cleaning. But, with modern refrigerators, they are equipped with a variety of sensors too.

Before we investigate further, we monitor the most common and common causes for this issue. Here are a few of things that we’ve found can lead to a refrigerator that will not cool:

Is the cord plugged in? This might seem like it’s a silly question, but we have been called out to jobs that this was the problem. For some reason, the refrigerator was not plugged in. Maybe a kid did it, or an electrician doing a service visit. Whatever the case may be, make sure it is plugged in.

Look at the thermostat inside. This is a very typical issue for anyone with children in the house. After all, kids like buttons and dials and so, without understanding they’re doing anything bad, they play with them. So, check that the thermostat setting is not the cause of the warm refrigerator.

Which Refrigerator Parts to Inspect?

Be sure the vents inside the freezer aren’t blocked with food or containers. This is very common because sometimes frozen vegetables get stuck in the back of the freezer. 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 out from the kitchen wall. The cooling fan for many models is right at the bottom or somewhere in the back of the freezer portion. Many times, homeowner don’t think about cleaning this area of the appliance. But, it’s important to clean it. And, it fills up with dust and fuzz quickly, especially with homes that have cats and dogs. So, grab a clean rag and clean the dust out of the refrigerator coils and fan.

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

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 start to check if your freezer is cold but the fridge is not. The evaporator coils have frost on them. This occurs if there is a malfunction in the defrost heating system. Or the automatic defrost has an issue. The evaporator fan motor can be another reason.

Every fridge has a set of evaporator coils. These evaporator coils are what gets cold and then the fan circulates the cool air throughout the appliance. The damper control assembly working correctly. The temperature control board which provides the electricity to the fan and compressor, this isn’t likely the problem but it’s worth mentioning.

And, the thermistor could be defective, which is a little sensor within the unit that tells the temperature. Having one of our technicians look at it is the best solution but these are a few of of the most common problems.