Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

refrigerator not cooling

There are many reasons for why a refrigerator won’t cool. If you would like to save yourself a little time and hassle, give Longmont Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Longmont, CO. We are eager to visit and troubleshoot the cooling problem and correct it for you.

When your refrigerator is no longer cold, it’s time to determine what the issue could be. Most times it’s something as simple as a routine coil cleaning. However, with these latest models of refrigerators, they are manufactured with various sensors as well.

Before we investigate further, we inspect the most typical and simple reasons for this problem. Here are some of the issues that we’ve determined can lead to a refrigerator that will not cool:

Is the cord plugged into an outlet? This might seem like a odd question, but we’ve been hired for jobs that this was the reason for the problem. For some reason, it was unplugged. it’s possible a a pet did it, or an electrician during a service visit. Whatever the case may be, be sure it is plugged in.

Check the thermostat inside of the appliance. This is a very common problem for those with children in the house. After all, children are fascinated with dials and buttons and so, without knowing they’re doing something bad, they mess with them. So, be sure that the thermostat setting isn’t the cause of the warm refrigerator.

Refrigerator Parts to Troubleshoot?

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

Be sure the refrigerator’s condenser cooling fan is clear and clean of debris. To do this, unplug the fridge and pull it out from the kitchen wall. The cooling fan for several models is just at the bottom or in the back of the freezer section. Many times, people don’t think about cleaning this section of the fridge. But, it’s important to keep it clean. And, it clogs up with fuzz and dust quickly, especially in homes that have dogs and cats. So, find a clean rag and get the collected dust out of the refrigerator coils and cooling fan.

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

The Freezer is Cold but the Fridge Isn’t

There are several causes for a refrigerator not cooling after these obvious ones to start to check if the freezer is cold but your refrigerator is not. The evaporator coils are frosted over. This happens if there is a malfunction in the defrost heating system. Or when the automatic defrost experiences an issue. The evaporator fan motor is another cause.

Every refrigerator has a set of evaporator coils. These evaporator coils are what cool and the fan pushes the cold air throughout the unit. The damper control assembly working properly. The temperature control board that provides the electricity to the fan and compressor, this probably is not the issue but it is worth mentioning.

And, the thermistor might be malfunctioning, which is a little sensor inside the unit that displays the temperature. Having one of our technicians look at it is the best solution but these are some of the most common problems.