Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

refrigerator not cooling

There are several reasons for why a refrigerator will not cool. If you want to save yourself a little time and inconvenience, give Triumph Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Bryan, TX. We’re eager to come out and diagnose the cooling problem and correct it for you.

When your refrigerator isn’t cold, it is time to figure out what the issue might be. Often times it’s something as common as a good coil cleaning behind the appliance. However, with these modern models of refrigerators, they’re manufactured with various sensors too.

Before we investigate further, we look at the most common and easy causes for this problem. Here are some of the issues that we have determined can lead to a refrigerator that won’t cool:

Is it plugged in? This might seem like a silly question, but we’ve been hired for appointments that this was the problem. For some reason, the refrigerator was unplugged. Maybe a child or pet did it, or an electrician doing a service visit. Whatever the reason may be, be sure it is plugged in.

Check the thermostat inside. This is a very typical problem for those with children in their home. After all, children are fascinated with dials and buttons and so, without understanding they are doing anything bad, they mess with them. So, be sure that the thermostat temperature is not the reason for the warm refrigerator.

Which Refrigerator Components to Inspect?

Check that all of the vents in the freezer aren’t blocked with containers or food. This is very common since frozen veggies get jammed in the back. There can be food in the back of a freezer unit that has been forgotten about.

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

This is not suggested for refrigerators that have a rear coil system. Once all clean, plug it into the wall and notice if the cooling fan moves.

The Freezer is Cold but the Fridge Isn’t

There are a few more causes for a refrigerator not cooling after these obvious ones to start to take a look at if the freezer is cold but the refrigerator isn’t. The evaporator coils are frosted over. This occurs because there’s a failure in the defrost system. Or the automatic defrost experiences a problem. The evaporator fan motor is another cause.

Every fridge has a set of evaporator coils. These coils are what cool and then the fan pushes the cold 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 isn’t likely the issue but it’s worth troubleshooting.

And, the thermistor could be defective, which is a little sensor within the unit that displays the temperature. Having one of our repairmen inspect it is the best course of action but these are some of the most common issues.