Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

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There are a lot of reasons a refrigerator won’t cool. If you want to spare yourself a little time and inconvenience, give EZ Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Missouri. We’re happy to visit and troubleshoot the cooling issue as well as correct it for you.

When a refrigerator has lost its cold, it is time to figure out what the issue could be. A lot of times it is something as basic as a routine coil cleaning. However, with these latest refrigerators, they’re equipped with a variety of sensors as well.

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

Is the cord plugged in? This might seem like it is a funny question, but we have been called out to jobs that this was the problem. Somehow, it was not plugged in. it’s possible a child or pet did it, or an electrician doing a project. Whatever the case might be, make sure the refrigerator is plugged in.

Look at the thermostat inside. This is a typical problem for families with children in the house. After all, children like buttons and dials and so, without knowing they are doing anything bad, they mess with them. So, check that the thermostat temperature isn’t the reason for the warm refrigerator.

Refrigerator Parts to Troubleshoot?

Be sure the vents inside of the freezer area aren’t blocked with food or containers. This is common since sometimes bags of frozen veggies get pushed in the back of the freezer. There might be food in the very back of a freezer that has been forgotten.

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

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

The Freezer Unit is Cold but the Fridge is Not

There are a few more reasons for a refrigerator that won’t cool after these obvious ones to start to check if the freezer is cold but your fridge isn’t. The evaporator coils have frost on them. This occurs if there’s a failure in the defrost heating system. Or when the automatic defrost experiences an issue. The evaporator fan motor can be another cause.

Every refrigerator 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 is not working the right way. The temperature control board provides the electricity to the compressor and fan, this isn’t likely the problem but it’s worth troubleshooting.

And, the thermistor might be defective, which is a tiny sensor in the appliance that displays the temperature. Having one of our technicians inspect it is the best option but these are some of the most typical issues.