Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

There are many reasons a refrigerator is not cooling. If you would like to save yourself some time and inconvenience, give Stanley Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in CITY, ST. We’re happy to visit and diagnose the cooling problem as well as fix it for you.

When your refrigerator is not cold, it’s time to determine what the problem might be. Most times it is something as common as a routine coil cleaning behind the refrigerator. However, with new fridges, they’re manufactured with various sensors as well.

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

Is the refrigerator plugged in? This may seem like it’s a funny question, but we’ve been hired for jobs that this was the reason for the issue. For some reason, it was not plugged in. Maybe a a pet did it, or an electrician doing a service visit. Whatever the cause might be, be sure the refrigerator is plugged in.

Check the thermostat inside of the unit. This is a very common problem for anyone with small children in the home. After all, children are fascinated with buttons and dials and so, without knowing they are doing anything wrong, they play with them. So, check that the thermostat temperature is not the reason for the warm fridge.

Which Refrigerator Components to Troubleshoot?

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

Be sure the refrigerator’s condenser cooling fan is clear and clean of debris. To be sure, unplug the refrigerator and slide it out from the kitchen wall. The fan for a lot of models is just at the bottom or somewhere in the back part of the freezer portion. Many times, customers do not think about cleaning this area of the fridge. But, it is important to keep it clean. And, it builds up with fuzz and dust quickly, especially in houses that have dogs and cats. So, get a rag and get the collected dust out of the coils and fan.

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

The Freezer is Cold but the Fridge is Not

There are several causes for a refrigerator that won’t cool after these more common ones to start to check if the freezer is cool but the refrigerator isn’t. The evaporator coils have frost on them. This happens because there is a failure in the defrost heating system. Or when the automatic defrost experiences a problem. The evaporator fan motor can be another cause.

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

And, the thermistor might be malfunctioning, which is a little sensor in the unit that displays the temperature. Having one of our repairmen inspect it is the best solution but these are a few of of the most typical problems.

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