Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

refrigerator not cold

There are a lot of reasons why a refrigerator will not cool. If you want to spare yourself some time and burden, give Buckner Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in CITY, ST. We’re eager to visit and troubleshoot the cooling issue as well as fix it for you.

When a refrigerator has lost its cold anymore, it is time to determine what the issue could be. Most times it’s something as common as a routine coil cleaning. However, with latest refrigerators, they are equipped with a variety of sensors too.

Before we investigate further, we inspect the most common and common causes for this issue. Here are some of the issues that we’ve determined lead to a refrigerator not cooling:

Is the cord plugged into an outlet? This may seem like it’s a funny 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 a pet did it, or an electrician during a service visit. Whatever the cause may be, be sure it is plugged in.

Look at the thermostat inside of the unit. This is a very common problem for customers with children in the house. After all, children love buttons and dials and so, without knowing they’re doing anything bad, they play with them. So, check that the thermostat setting is not the reason for the warm refrigerator.

Refrigerator Components to Troubleshoot?

Check that all of the vents in the freezer area are not blocked with containers or food. This is very common since frozen veggies get stuck in the back. There might be food in the back of a freezer that has long been forgotten.

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

This is not a suggestion for refrigerators that have the back coil system. Once all clean, plug it into the wall 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 cool but the refrigerator is not. The evaporator coils are frosted over. This happens if there’s a failure in the defrost system. Or the automatic defrost experiences an issue. The evaporator fan motor can be another reason.

Every fridge has a pair of evaporator coils. These coils are what cool and the fan circulates the cool air around inside the appliance. The damper control assembly working the right way. The temperature control board that transports the electricity to the compressor and fan, this probably is not the issue but it’s worth mentioning.

And, the thermistor might be defective, which is a tiny sensor inside the appliance that tells the temperature. Having one of our repairmen look at it is the best course of action but these are some of the most typical issues.