Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

refrigerator too warm

There are several reasons for why a refrigerator won’t cool. If you want to spare yourself some time and inconvenience, give Morris Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in CITY, ST. We’re happy to come out and diagnose the cooling problem and repair it for you.

When a refrigerator has lost its cold anymore, it is time to determine what the issue might be. Most times it’s something as simple as a good coil cleaning behind the appliance. But, with these latest fridges, they’re equipped with various sensors too.

Before we investigate further, we inspect the most typical and common reasons for this problem. Here are some things that we’ve found can lead to a refrigerator that won’t cool:

Is the refrigerator plugged into an outlet? This may seem like it is a funny question, but we’ve been hired for jobs that this was the issue. Somehow, the refrigerator was unplugged. Maybe a kid unplugged it, or an electrician during a service visit. Whatever the case might be, be sure the refrigerator is plugged in.

Check the thermostat inside of the appliance. This is a very typical problem for those with small children in the house. After all, kids love dials and buttons and so, without knowing they are doing something wrong, they mess with them. So, be sure that the thermostat temperature isn’t the reason for the warm fridge.

Refrigerator Components to Inspect?

Check that the vents inside the freezer area are not blocked with food or boxes. This is common because sometimes bags of frozen veggies get pushed in the back of the freezer. There might be food in the very back of a freezer unit that has been forgotten.

Be sure the condenser cooling fan is clean and clear of all debris. To do this, unplug the refrigerator and slide it away from the kitchen 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. A lot of times, customers do not think about cleaning this area of the appliance. But, it is very important to keep it clean. And, it clogs up with fuzz and dust quickly, especially in houses that have cats and dogs. So, get a clean rag and get the collected dust out of the refrigerator coils and cooling fan.

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

The Freezer is Cold but the Fridge is Not

There are several reasons for a refrigerator not cooling after these obvious ones to check if the freezer is cool but the refrigerator is not. The evaporator coils have frost on them. This happens if there is a malfunction in the defrost heating system. Or when the automatic defrost experiences a problem. The evaporator fan motor can be another cause.

Every refrigerator has a pair of evaporator coils. These evaporator coils are what cool and the fan circulates the cold air around inside the appliance. The damper control assembly is not working the right way. The temperature control board which transports the electricity to the fan and compressor, this is not likely the issue but it’s worth troubleshooting.

And, the thermistor could be malfunctioning, which is a little sensor within the unit that tells the temperature. Having one of our technicians look at it is the best solution but these are some of the most common issues.