Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

There are a few reasons a refrigerator isn’t cooling. If you want to spare yourself some time and burden, give Crown Citrus Heights Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Citrus Heights, CA. Our repairmen are happy to visit and diagnose the cooling issue as well as fix it for you.

When your refrigerator is no longer cold anymore, it is time to determine what the problem is. Often times it’s something as simple as a routine coil cleaning behind the refrigerator. But, with these latest refrigerators, they are manufactured with various sensors too.

Before we look too deep, we monitor the most common and common causes for this issue. Here are a few of of the things that we’ve determined can lead to a refrigerator that will not cool:

Is the cord plugged into an electrical outlet? This may seem like a funny question, but we have been hired for appointments that this was the reason for the issue. Somehow, it was not plugged in. Maybe a kid did it, or an electrician during a project. Whatever the cause might be, be sure the refrigerator is plugged in.

Look at the thermostat inside of the unit. This is a very common problem for those with children in the home. After all, children are fascinated with dials and buttons and so, without knowing they are doing anything wrong, they mess with them. So, be sure that the thermostat setting isn’t the cause of the warm fridge.

Refrigerator Parts to Inspect?

Check that each of the vents inside the freezer are not blocked with food or containers. This is common since sometimes bags of frozen vegetables get stuck in the back. There might be food in the very back of a freezer unit that has long been forgotten about.

Be sure the refrigerator’s condenser cooling fan is clear and clean of debris. To check this, unplug the fridge and slide it away from the wall. The cooling fan for several models is right at the bottom or in the back of the freezer portion. Often times, customers don’t think to clean this section of the appliance. But, it’s important to keep it clean. And, it clogs up with dust and fuzz quickly, especially with houses that have cats and dogs. So, find a rag and get the collected dust out of the refrigerator coils and fan.

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

The Freezer Unit is Cold but the Refrigerator is Not

There are many reasons 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 is not. The evaporator coils are frosted over. This happens when there is a malfunction in the defrost heating system. Or if the automatic defrost has a problem. The evaporator fan motor is another cause.

Every fridge has a pair of evaporator coils. These evaporator coils are what gets cold and then the fan moves the cold air around inside the unit. The damper control assembly working correctly. The temperature control board transports the electricity to the fan and compressor, this isn’t likely the issue but it’s worth mentioning.

And, the thermistor might be malfunctioning, which is a small sensor within the unit that tells the temperature. Having one of our technicians inspect it is the best course of action but these are a few of of the most common problems.