Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

refrigerator not cooling

There are several reasons a refrigerator is not cooling. If you would like to save yourself some time and hassle, give Triumph Thornton Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Thornton, CO. We are happy to visit and troubleshoot the issue as well as repair it for you.

When your refrigerator is no longer cold, it is time to see what the problem might be. A lot of times it is something as simple as a routine coil cleaning behind the appliance. However, with latest refrigerators, they are manufactured with various sensors too.

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

Is it plugged in? This will seem like it’s a funny question, but we have been called out to jobs that this was the issue. For some reason, the refrigerator was unplugged. Maybe a a pet did it, or an electrician while doing a service visit. Whatever the cause might be, make sure the refrigerator is plugged in.

Check the thermostat inside of the refrigerator. This is a common issue for anyone with children in the home. After all, kids are fascinated with buttons and dials and so, without understanding they are doing something wrong, they mess with them. So, be sure that the thermostat setting is not the cause of the warm refrigerator.

Which Refrigerator Components to Inspect?

Be sure the vents inside the freezer are not blocked with food or boxes. This is very common since frozen vegetables get pushed in the back of the freezer. There can be food in the back of a freezer unit that has been forgotten.

Be sure the condenser cooling fan is clean and clear of all debris. To be sure, unplug the refrigerator and pull 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 portion. A lot of times, people do not think about cleaning this section of the appliance. But, it is important to clean it. And, it clogs up with fuzz and dust quickly, especially with houses that have dogs and cats. So, find a rag and clean the collected dust out of the refrigerator coils and cooling fan.

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

The Freezer is Cold but the Refrigerator Isn’t

There are several causes for a refrigerator not cooling after these more common ones to take a look at if the freezer is cool but the fridge isn’t. The evaporator coils are frosted over. This occurs if there is a failure in the defrost heating system. Or when 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 cool and the fan circulates the cold air around inside the appliance. The damper control assembly working correctly. The temperature control board which transports the electricity to the compressor and fan, this is not likely the issue but it’s worth mentioning.

And, the thermistor could be malfunctioning, which is a little sensor in the unit that tells the temperature. Having one of our repairmen inspect it is the best solution but these are a few of of the most common issues.