Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?


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There are many reasons a refrigerator is not cooling. If you would like to save yourself a little time and burden, give Finest Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Garland, TX. Our technicians are eager to visit and diagnose the cooling issue as well as repair it for you.

When your refrigerator is no longer cold anymore, it is time to figure out what the issue might be. A lot of times it is something as basic as a routine coil cleaning. However, with new models of refrigerators, they’re manufactured with various sensors as well.

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

Is the cord plugged in? This might seem like it is a funny question, but we’ve been hired for appointments that this was the problem. For some reason, the refrigerator was not plugged in. it’s possible a a pet did it, or an electrician during a service visit. Whatever the cause may be, be sure it is plugged in.

Check the thermostat inside of the appliance. This is a common problem for anyone with small children in their home. After all, children love dials and buttons and so, without knowing they are doing anything bad, they play with them. So, check that the thermostat setting isn’t the reason for the warm refrigerator.

Refrigerator Parts to Troubleshoot?

Be sure the vents inside of the freezer area are not blocked with food or containers. This is very common because sometimes bags of frozen vegetables get jammed in the back of the freezer. There can be food in the very back of a freezer unit that has been forgotten.

Check that the condenser cooling fan is clear and clean of all debris. To be sure, unplug the fridge and pull it away from the wall. The fan for most models is right at the bottom or in the back part of the freezer portion. Many times, homeowner don’t think to clean this section of the refrigerator. But, it’s important to keep it clean. And, it fills up with fuzz and dust quickly, especially in houses that have pets. So, grab a clean rag and clean the built-up dust out of the coils and fan.

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

The Freezer is Cold but the Fridge is Not

There are several causes for a refrigerator not cooling after these more common ones to check if the freezer is cold but your fridge isn’t. The evaporator coils are frosted over. This happens because there is a malfunction in the defrost heating system. Or the automatic defrost has an issue. The evaporator fan motor is another reason.

Every fridge has a set of evaporator coils. These coils are what cool and the fan moves the cold air throughout the unit. The damper control assembly working the right way. The temperature control board which provides the electricity to the fan and compressor, this is not likely the problem but it’s worth mentioning.

And, the thermistor could be malfunctioning, which is a tiny sensor within the appliance that displays the temperature. Having one of our technicians inspect it is the best course of action but these are some of the most typical issues.