Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

refrigerator not cooling

There are many reasons a refrigerator will not cool. If you would like to spare yourself some time and inconvenience, give ASAP Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Simi Valley, CA. Our technicians are eager to come out and diagnose the issue and repair it for you.

When a refrigerator has lost its cold anymore, it is time to determine what the problem might be. Most times it’s something as common as a good coil cleaning behind the refrigerator. However, with these new fridges, they are equipped with various sensors as well.

Before we investigate further, we inspect the most typical and easy causes for this problem. Here are a couple of issues that we have found lead to a refrigerator that will not cool:

Is the refrigerator plugged in? This may seem like it is a funny question, but we have been called out to jobs that this was the problem. Somehow, the refrigerator was not plugged in. it’s possible a kid did it, or an electrician doing a service visit. Whatever the reason might be, be sure it is plugged in.

Look at the thermostat inside. This is a very typical issue for families with small children in their home. After all, kids are fascinated with dials and buttons and so, without understanding they are doing something wrong, they play with them. So, be sure that the thermostat temperature is not the reason for the warm refrigerator.

Which Refrigerator Components to Troubleshoot?

Check that the vents inside of the freezer aren’t blocked with containers or food. This is common because frozen veggies get pushed in the back of the freezer. There can be food in the way back of a freezer that has long been forgotten about.

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

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

The Freezer Unit is Cold but the Refrigerator Isn’t

There are a few more causes for a refrigerator that won’t cool after these obvious ones to take a look at if your freezer is cold but your fridge is not. The evaporator coils have frost on them. This happens if there’s a malfunction in the defrost system. Or when 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 cool and then the fan pushes the cold air throughout the unit. The damper control assembly working the right way. The temperature control board which transports the electricity to the fan and compressor, this is not likely the problem but it’s worth mentioning.

And, the thermistor might be defective, which is a little sensor inside the unit that displays the temperature. Having one of our technicians inspect it is the best option but these are a few of of the most typical problems.