Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

refrigerator not cooling

There are several reasons a refrigerator isn’t cooling. If you want to save yourself some time and inconvenience, give Hi-Tech Miramar Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Miramar, FL. We are happy to come out and troubleshoot the cooling problem and fix it for you.

When your refrigerator is not cold, it’s time to figure out what the problem is. Often times it is something as common as a routine coil cleaning. However, with new models of refrigerators, they are manufactured with various sensors too.

Before we look too deep, we inspect the most typical and easy reasons for this problem. Here are a couple of of the issues that we’ve determined lead to a refrigerator not cooling:

Is the refrigerator plugged into an outlet? This may seem like a odd question, but we have been called out to appointments that this was the problem. For some reason, it was not plugged in. it’s possible a kid unplugged it, or an electrician doing a service visit. Whatever the cause might be, make sure it is plugged in.

Look at the thermostat inside. This is a very typical problem for families with children in their home. After all, children are fascinated with dials and buttons and so, without knowing they’re doing anything bad, they mess with them. So, be sure that the thermostat temperature isn’t the cause of the warm refrigerator.

Refrigerator Components to Troubleshoot?

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

Check that the condenser cooling fan is clear and clean of all debris. To be sure, unplug the refrigerator and slide it out from the wall. The cooling fan for most models is just at the bottom or in the back of the freezer section. A lot of times, customers do not think about cleaning this area of the fridge. But, it is very important to clean it. And, it piles up with fuzz and dust quickly, especially with homes that have dogs and cats. So, grab a rag and clean the dust out of the refrigerator coils and cooling fan.

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

The Freezer Unit is Cold but the Fridge is Not

There are a few more causes for a refrigerator not cooling after these obvious ones to check if your freezer is cool but your refrigerator is not. The evaporator coils are frosted over. This happens when there is a failure in the defrost system. Or when the automatic defrost has an issue. The evaporator fan motor is another reason.

Every fridge has a set of evaporator coils. These evaporator coils are what gets cold and the fan moves the cool air throughout the unit. The damper control assembly isn’t working the right way. The temperature control board carries the electricity to the compressor and fan, this probably isn’t the issue but it’s worth mentioning.

And, the thermistor might be defective, which is a small sensor within the appliance that displays the temperature. Having one of our repairmen inspect it is the best option but these are some of the most common issues.