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 a little time and hassle, give Moore Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in California. We are happy to visit and diagnose the issue as well as correct it for you.

When your refrigerator has lost its cold anymore, it’s time to see what the issue could be. Often times it’s something as simple as a routine coil cleaning. However, with these latest models of refrigerators, they are manufactured with a variety of sensors as well.

Before we investigate further, we look at the most typical and simple reasons for this issue. Here are a few of issues that we’ve determined lead to a refrigerator not cooling:

Is the cord plugged into an electrical outlet? This will seem like a funny question, but we’ve been hired for appointments that this was the issue. For some reason, it was unplugged. Maybe a child or pet unplugged it, or an electrician while doing a service visit. Whatever the cause may be, be sure the refrigerator is plugged in.

Look at the thermostat inside. This is a common problem for anyone with small children in the house. After all, children love buttons and dials and so, without understanding they are doing something wrong, they mess with them. So, be sure that the thermostat setting is not the cause of the warm refrigerator.

Which Refrigerator Parts to Troubleshoot?

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

Check that the refrigerator’s condenser cooling fan is clean and clear of debris. To be sure, unplug the refrigerator and pull it away from the wall. The cooling fan for most models is right at the bottom of the appliance or somewhere in the back of the freezer portion. Often times, people do not think to clean this area of the appliance. But, it’s important to clean it. And, it fills up with fuzz and dust quickly, especially with homes that have dogs and cats. So, grab a clean rag and clean the dust out of the refrigerator coils and cooling fan.

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

The Freezer Unit is Cold but the Fridge Isn’t

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

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

And, the thermistor could be malfunctioning, which is a tiny sensor in the appliance that displays the temperature. Having one of our technicians inspect it is the best solution but these are a few of of the most typical problems.