Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

refrigerator not cooling

There are several reasons a refrigerator isn’t cooling. If you want to save yourself a little time and inconvenience, give P&G Coral Springs Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Coral Springs, FL. Our technicians are eager to visit and troubleshoot the problem as well as repair it for you.

When your refrigerator is not cold anymore, it’s time to see what the problem could be. Often times it’s something as simple as a good coil cleaning behind the appliance. However, with new fridges, they’re manufactured with various sensors as well.

Before we look too deep, we inspect the most typical and common causes for this issue. Here are a few of of the issues that we’ve found lead to a refrigerator not cooling:

Is it plugged in? This might seem like a silly question, but we’ve been called out to jobs that this was the reason for the issue. Somehow, the refrigerator was not plugged in. it’s possible a child or pet unplugged it, or an electrician while doing a service visit. Whatever the case might be, be sure it is plugged in.

Check the thermostat inside of the refrigerator. This is a very typical issue for those with children in the home. After all, kids are fascinated with buttons and dials and so, without understanding they are doing something bad, they play with them. So, check that the thermostat temperature isn’t the reason for the warm fridge.

Which Refrigerator Parts to Inspect?

Be sure each of the vents inside of the freezer aren’t blocked with food or boxes. This is very common because sometimes frozen vegetables get stuck in the back. There can be food in the way back of a freezer unit that has been forgotten about.

Check that the condenser cooling fan is clean and clear of debris. To be sure, unplug the fridge and slide it out from the wall. The cooling fan for a lot of models is just at the bottom of the appliance or in the back part of the freezer portion. Often times, customers don’t think to clean this section of the refrigerator. But, it’s important to keep it clean. And, it fills up with dust and fuzz quickly, especially with homes that have cats and dogs. So, get a rag and get the collected dust out of the refrigerator coils and fan.

This is not a suggestion for refrigerators that have a rear coil system. Once all clean, plug it into the wall and notice if the cooling fan spins.

The Freezer Unit is Cold but the Refrigerator Isn’t

There are a few more causes for a refrigerator not cooling after these more common ones to start to check if your freezer is cold but your fridge isn’t. The evaporator coils have frost on them. This happens because there is a malfunction in the defrost heating system. Or if the automatic defrost has a problem. The evaporator fan motor is another cause.

Every refrigerator has a set of evaporator coils. These coils are what gets cold and then the fan pushes the cold air around inside the appliance. The damper control assembly working the right way. The temperature control board provides the electricity to the compressor and fan, this isn’t likely the issue but it is worth troubleshooting.

And, the thermistor might be defective, which is a little sensor within the unit that tells the temperature. Having one of our repairmen look at it is the best solution but these are some of the most typical issues.