Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

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There are several reasons why a refrigerator won’t cool. If you want to save yourself some time and hassle, give Mayes Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Texas. We are happy to visit and diagnose the cooling problem as well as fix it for you.

When a refrigerator has lost its cold anymore, it’s time to determine what the problem could be. A lot of times it is something as basic as a good coil cleaning. However, with these modern refrigerators, they are equipped with a variety of sensors too.

Before we look too deep, we look at the most common and common causes for this problem. Here are some of the issues that we have determined can lead to a refrigerator not cooling:

Is it plugged into an electrical outlet? This will seem like a silly question, but we’ve been hired for jobs that this was the problem. Somehow, the refrigerator was not plugged in. Maybe a child or pet unplugged it, or an electrician doing a project. Whatever the case might be, be sure the refrigerator is plugged in.

Look at the thermostat inside of the refrigerator. This is a typical problem for customers with small children in the house. After all, kids are fascinated with dials and buttons and so, without knowing they’re doing something wrong, they play with them. So, be sure that the thermostat setting is not the reason for the warm fridge.

Refrigerator Components to Troubleshoot?

Be sure all of the vents inside the freezer area aren’t blocked with boxes or food. This is very common because bags of frozen vegetables get pushed in the back of the freezer. There could be food in the very back of a freezer unit that has long been forgotten about.

Be sure the condenser cooling fan is clear and clean of all debris. To check this, unplug the fridge and pull it away from the wall. The fan for several models is just at the bottom of the appliance or somewhere in the back part of the freezer portion. Often times, customers don’t think to clean this section of the fridge. But, it’s very important to keep it clean. And, it builds up with fuzz and dust quickly, especially in homes that have dogs and cats. So, grab a rag and clean the dust out of the coils and cooling fan.

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

The Freezer Unit is Cold but the Refrigerator is Not

There are several reasons for a refrigerator not cooling after these obvious ones to take a look at if your freezer is cold but your fridge isn’t. The evaporator coils have frost on them. This occurs because there is a malfunction in the defrost system. Or when the automatic defrost has an issue. The evaporator fan motor is another reason.

Every fridge has a set of evaporator coils. These coils are what gets cold and the fan pushes the cool air throughout 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’s worth mentioning.

And, the thermistor might be malfunctioning, which is a small sensor inside the unit that displays the temperature. Having one of our technicians inspect it is the best course of action but these are some of the most typical issues.