Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

refrigerator not cooling

There are many reasons a refrigerator isn’t cooling. If you want to spare yourself a little time and burden, give Foster Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Tennessee. Our repairmen are happy to visit and troubleshoot the issue and repair it for you.

When your refrigerator is no longer cold anymore, it’s time to figure out what the issue could be. Often times it is something as basic as a routine coil cleaning behind the refrigerator. However, with these latest fridges, they are manufactured with various sensors too.

Before we investigate further, we look at the most typical and common reasons for this issue. Here are some issues that we’ve determined can lead to a refrigerator that won’t cool:

Is the cord plugged in? This may seem like it’s a funny question, but we’ve been hired for appointments that this was the problem. For some reason, the refrigerator was not plugged in. it’s possible a kid unplugged it, or an electrician during a service visit. Whatever the reason may be, be sure it is plugged in.

Look at the thermostat inside of the unit. This is a common problem for anyone with small children in their home. After all, children like buttons and dials and so, without knowing they are doing something wrong, they mess with them. So, be sure that the thermostat setting isn’t the reason for the warm fridge.

Refrigerator Components to Inspect?

Check that the vents in the freezer area are not blocked with containers or food. This is common since sometimes frozen veggies get jammed in the back of the freezer. There might be food in the very back of a freezer that has long been forgotten.

Check that the condenser cooling fan is clear and clean of debris. To check this, unplug the refrigerator and slide it away from the kitchen wall. The cooling fan for many models is just at the bottom or somewhere in the back part of the freezer section. Often times, customers don’t think about cleaning this area of the fridge. But, it is very important to clean it. And, it builds up with dust and fuzz quickly, especially in homes that have dogs and cats. So, find a rag and clean the dust out of the refrigerator coils and fan.

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

The Freezer Unit is Cold but the Refrigerator Isn’t

There are several causes for a refrigerator not cooling after these more common ones to take a look at if your freezer is cool but your refrigerator is not. The evaporator coils are frosted over. This occurs when there is a malfunction in the defrost heating system. Or the automatic defrost has an issue. The evaporator fan motor is another cause.

Every refrigerator has a set of evaporator coils. These coils are what gets cold and the fan circulates the cold air around inside the unit. The damper control assembly working the right way. The temperature control board which transports the electricity to the fan and compressor, this probably is not the problem but it is worth troubleshooting.

And, the thermistor could be defective, which is a small sensor within the appliance that tells the temperature. Having one of our technicians look at it is the best option but these are a few of of the most common problems.


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