Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

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There are many reasons a refrigerator isn’t cooling. If you would like to save yourself some time and inconvenience, give Reliable Redding Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Redding, CA. We’re eager to come out and diagnose the problem and correct it for you.

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

Before we investigate further, we monitor the most common and easy reasons for this problem. Here are some of the issues that we’ve found can lead to a refrigerator that won’t cool:

Is the cord plugged in? This will seem like it’s a funny question, but we have been hired for jobs that this was the issue. For some reason, the refrigerator was not plugged in. Maybe a child or pet unplugged it, or an electrician during a service visit. Whatever the cause may be, make sure it is plugged in.

Check the thermostat inside of the unit. This is a typical problem for anyone with children in the home. After all, kids like dials and buttons and so, without understanding they are doing something bad, they mess with them. So, check that the thermostat setting isn’t the cause of the warm fridge.

Which Refrigerator Components to Troubleshoot?

Check that each of the vents in the freezer aren’t blocked with containers or food. This is common because sometimes bags of frozen veggies get jammed in the back. There could be food in the way back of a freezer unit that has long been forgotten.

Check that the condenser cooling fan is clean and clear of all debris. To do this, unplug the refrigerator and slide it out from the wall. The cooling fan for most models is just at the bottom of the appliance or in the back part of the freezer unit. Often times, customers do not think to clean this area of the refrigerator. But, it’s important to keep it clean. And, it builds up with dust and fuzz quickly, especially in homes that have dogs and cats. So, get a clean rag and get the dust out of the coils and fan.

This is not recommended for refrigerators that have the back coil system. Once all clean, plug it into the wall and monitor if the cooling fan moves.

The Freezer Unit is Cold but the Refrigerator is Not

There are a few more reasons for a refrigerator that won’t cool after these obvious ones to start to check if the freezer is cool but the refrigerator is not. The evaporator coils are frosted over. This occurs when there’s a malfunction in the defrost heating system. Or when the automatic defrost experiences a problem. The evaporator fan motor is another reason.

Every refrigerator has a set of evaporator coils. These evaporator coils are what cool and the fan moves the cool air around inside the appliance. The damper control assembly isn’t working properly. The temperature control board which provides the electricity to the fan and compressor, this probably isn’t the problem but it is worth troubleshooting.

And, the thermistor could be malfunctioning, which is a little sensor in the unit that displays the temperature. Having one of our technicians look at it is the best course of action but these are a few of of the most common problems.