Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

refrigerator not cooling

There are a few reasons why a refrigerator isn’t cooling. If you want to spare yourself a little time and burden, give King Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Rhode Island. We are eager to visit and diagnose the cooling problem and correct it for you.

When a refrigerator is no longer cold, it’s time to determine what the issue might be. Most times it’s something as common as a good coil cleaning. However, with these latest models of refrigerators, they are equipped with various sensors too.

Before we investigate further, we inspect the most typical and common reasons for this issue. Here are some of the things that we’ve found lead to a refrigerator that won’t cool:

Is the cord plugged into an electrical outlet? This might seem like it is a funny question, but we’ve been called out to appointments that this was the problem. For some reason, it was not plugged in. it’s possible a child or pet unplugged it, or an electrician while doing a service visit. Whatever the case may be, be sure it is plugged in.

Look at the thermostat inside of the unit. This is a typical problem for customers with small children in their home. After all, kids like buttons and dials and so, without understanding they are doing something bad, they play with them. So, be sure that the thermostat temperature isn’t the reason for the warm refrigerator.

Refrigerator Parts to Inspect?

Check that all of the vents in the freezer are not blocked with food or boxes. This is very common because sometimes frozen veggies get jammed in the back. There can be food in the back of a freezer unit that has been forgotten about.

Check that the refrigerator’s condenser cooling fan is clear and clean of debris. To check this, unplug the fridge and slide it away from the kitchen wall. The cooling fan for a lot of models is right at the bottom of the appliance or somewhere in the back of the freezer unit. A lot of times, homeowner do not think to clean this section of the fridge. But, it is very important to clean it. And, it builds up with fuzz and dust quickly, especially with homes that have pets. So, get a clean rag and clean the built-up dust out of the coils and fan.

This is not suggested for refrigerators that have a back coil system. Once everything is clean, plug it into the wall and see if the fan moves.

The Freezer Unit is Cold but the Fridge is Not

There are many causes for a refrigerator that won’t cool after these more common ones to check if the freezer is cool but your refrigerator isn’t. The evaporator coils have frost on them. This occurs when there’s a failure in the defrost system. Or the automatic defrost experiences a problem. The evaporator fan motor is another reason.

Every fridge has a set of evaporator coils. These evaporator coils are what cool and the fan pushes the cold air around inside the unit. The damper control assembly working the right way. The temperature control board which transports the electricity to the fan and compressor, this probably is not the issue but it is worth mentioning.

And, the thermistor might be malfunctioning, which is a little sensor in the appliance that displays the temperature. Having one of our repairmen look at it is the best solution but these are some of the most common issues.