Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

refrigerator not cooling

There are a variety of reasons why a refrigerator won’t cool. If you want to save yourself some time and burden, give Fox Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Pueblo, CO. Our repairmen are eager to come out and diagnose the issue as well as correct it for you.

When a refrigerator is no longer cold, it is time to see what the problem could be. Often times it’s something as basic as a routine coil cleaning behind the appliance. But, with new refrigerators, they’re manufactured with various sensors as well.

Before we investigate further, we monitor the most typical and common causes for this problem. Here are some issues that we have determined lead to a refrigerator not cooling:

Is the cord plugged in? This will seem like a funny question, but we’ve been hired for appointments that this was the issue. Somehow, it was unplugged. Maybe a kid unplugged it, or an electrician during a service visit. Whatever the cause may be, be sure it’s plugged in.

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

Which Refrigerator Parts to Troubleshoot?

Be sure the vents inside the freezer are not blocked with food or boxes. This is common because bags of frozen vegetables get pushed in the back. There can be food in the way back of a freezer that has long been forgotten.

Be sure the refrigerator’s condenser cooling fan is clean and clear of all debris. To be sure, unplug the refrigerator and pull it out from the wall. The cooling fan for most models is just at the bottom or somewhere in the back part of the freezer section. Many times, people do not think to clean this section of the fridge. But, it’s important to keep it clean. And, it builds up with dust and fuzz quickly, especially with homes that have dogs and cats. So, get a clean rag and get the collected dust out of the coils and cooling fan.

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

The Freezer Unit is Cold but the Refrigerator is Not

There are several reasons for a refrigerator that won’t cool after these more common ones to start to check if the freezer is cool but the refrigerator is not. The evaporator coils are frosted over. This happens when there is a failure in the defrost system. Or the automatic defrost experiences a problem. The evaporator fan motor can be another cause.

Every refrigerator has a pair of evaporator coils. These coils are what gets cold and the fan circulates the cool air around inside the appliance. The damper control assembly isn’t working the right way. The temperature control board which carries the electricity to the fan and compressor, this probably is not the problem but it’s worth mentioning.

And, the thermistor might be defective, which is a little sensor inside the unit that displays the temperature. Having one of our repairmen inspect it is the best option but these are a few of of the most common issues.