Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

refrigerator not cooling

There are a variety of reasons a refrigerator won’t cool. If you want to save yourself some time and inconvenience, give R&D Colorado Springs Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Colorado Springs, CO. We’re happy to come out and diagnose the cooling issue as well as fix it for you.

When your refrigerator has lost its cold anymore, it’s time to see what the problem is. Most times it is something as basic as a routine coil cleaning. However, with modern fridges, they’re equipped with various sensors too.

Before we look too deep, we monitor the most typical and common reasons for this problem. Here are some things that we’ve found can lead to a refrigerator not cooling:

Is the cord plugged in? This will seem like a silly question, but we have been hired for jobs that this was the reason for the issue. Somehow, it was not plugged in. Maybe a a pet did it, or an electrician during a service visit. Whatever the case may be, make sure it’s plugged in.

Check the thermostat inside. This is a very common problem for those with children in their house. After all, kids like buttons and dials and so, without knowing they are doing something wrong, 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 each of the vents inside the freezer aren’t blocked with food or containers. This is common since sometimes bags of frozen vegetables get jammed in the back of the freezer. There could be food in the back of a freezer unit that has long been forgotten about.

Check that the refrigerator’s condenser cooling fan is clean and clear of debris. To check this, unplug the fridge and slide it out from the wall. The fan for many models is just at the bottom of the appliance or in the back of the freezer section. A lot of times, people do not think about cleaning this area of the appliance. But, it is very important to clean it. And, it builds up with dust and fuzz quickly, especially in houses that have dogs and cats. So, grab a rag and clean the collected dust out of the coils and cooling fan.

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

The Freezer is Cold but the Fridge is Not

There are many reasons for a refrigerator not cooling after these obvious ones to take a look at if the freezer is cool but your fridge is not. The evaporator coils are frosted over. This occurs when there is a failure in the defrost heating system. Or if the automatic defrost has a problem. The evaporator fan motor is another cause.

Every refrigerator has a pair of evaporator coils. These evaporator coils are what gets cold and then the fan pushes the cool air throughout the unit. The damper control assembly working properly. The temperature control board which transports the electricity to the compressor and fan, this is not likely the issue but it’s worth mentioning.

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