Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

refrigerator not cold

There are a variety of reasons a refrigerator will not cool. If you would like to spare yourself a little time and burden, give Rowe Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in CITY, ST. We are eager to come out and diagnose the cooling issue and repair it for you.

When a refrigerator is no longer cold, it is time to figure out what the issue could be. A lot of times it’s something as common as a good coil cleaning behind the refrigerator. However, with these modern models of refrigerators, they are equipped with various sensors as well.

Before we look too deep, we monitor the most common and easy reasons for this issue. Here are a few of issues that we’ve determined can lead to a refrigerator that won’t cool:

Is the cord plugged in? This may seem like a odd question, but we have been called out to jobs that this was the problem. Somehow, it was not plugged in. Maybe a kid unplugged it, or an electrician while doing a project. Whatever the case may be, make sure it is plugged in.

Look at the thermostat inside. This is a common issue for families with children in their house. After all, kids are fascinated with dials and buttons and so, without understanding they’re doing anything bad, they mess with them. So, check that the thermostat setting isn’t the cause of the warm fridge.

Refrigerator Components to Troubleshoot?

Check that the vents in the freezer are not blocked with food or containers. This is very common since sometimes frozen veggies get pushed in the back. There can be food in the back of a freezer that has been forgotten.
Check that the refrigerator’s condenser cooling fan is clean and clear of all debris. To be sure, unplug the refrigerator and slide it out from the wall. The cooling fan for a lot of models is just at the bottom or in the back of the freezer section. A lot of times, people do not think about cleaning this area of the appliance. But, it is very important to keep it clean. And, it fills up with fuzz and dust quickly, especially in houses that have dogs and cats. So, get a rag and get the collected dust out of the refrigerator coils and fan.
This is not suggested for refrigerators that have the rear coil system. Once everything is clean, plug it into the outlet and notice if the fan moves.

The Freezer is Cold but the Refrigerator is Not

There are many causes for a refrigerator that won’t cool after these more common ones to take a look at if the freezer is cool but your fridge isn’t. The evaporator coils are frosted over. This happens if there is a failure in the defrost heating system. Or when the automatic defrost experiences an issue. The evaporator fan motor is another cause.

Every fridge has a pair of evaporator coils. These evaporator coils are what cool and the fan pushes the cool air throughout the appliance. The damper control assembly isn’t working correctly. The temperature control board that provides the electricity to the compressor and fan, this probably isn’t the problem but it’s worth troubleshooting.

And, the thermistor could be malfunctioning, which is a small sensor inside the appliance that displays the temperature. Having one of our repairmen inspect it is the best solution but these are some of the most typical problems.