Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

refrigerator not cooling

There are a lot of reasons for why a refrigerator won’t cool. If you would like to spare yourself a little time and inconvenience, give Marion Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Louisiana. We are happy to come out and troubleshoot the issue as well as correct it for you.

When your refrigerator is not cold anymore, it is time to figure out what the problem might be. A lot of times it’s something as common as a good coil cleaning behind the refrigerator. However, with these new fridges, they’re manufactured with various sensors too.

Before we look too deep, we inspect the most common and easy reasons for this problem. Here are a few of of the things that we have found lead to a refrigerator not cooling:

Is the refrigerator plugged in? This may seem like a silly question, but we have been called out to appointments that this was the reason for the problem. For some reason, it was not plugged in. Maybe a kid did it, or an electrician during a service visit. Whatever the case may be, make sure the refrigerator is plugged in.

Look at the thermostat inside. This is a common issue for anyone with children in the home. After all, kids love buttons and dials and so, without knowing they are doing anything wrong, they mess with them. So, be sure that the thermostat temperature is not the cause of the warm fridge.

Refrigerator Components to Inspect?

Check that each of the vents in the freezer area aren’t blocked with containers or food. This is very common because frozen veggies get jammed in the back of the freezer. There could be food in the very back of a freezer that has long been forgotten.

Be sure the condenser cooling fan is clean and clear of all debris. To be sure, unplug the fridge and slide it away from the kitchen wall. The cooling fan for many models is right at the bottom of the appliance or somewhere in the back part of the freezer portion. A lot of times, homeowner don’t think to clean this section of the refrigerator. But, it’s very important to keep it clean. And, it piles up with dust and fuzz quickly, especially with homes that have dogs and cats. So, find a rag and clean the collected dust out of the coils and fan.

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

The Freezer is Cold but the Refrigerator is Not

There are several reasons for a refrigerator not cooling after these more common ones to check if your freezer is cool but your fridge is not. The evaporator coils have frost on them. This happens because there is a failure in the defrost system. Or the automatic defrost experiences a problem. The evaporator fan motor is another reason.

Every refrigerator has a set of evaporator coils. These coils are what cool and then the fan pushes the cool air throughout the appliance. The damper control assembly is not working the right way. The temperature control board that provides the electricity to the fan and compressor, this probably is not the issue but it’s worth troubleshooting.

And, the thermistor might be malfunctioning, which is a small sensor inside the unit that tells the temperature. Having one of our repairmen look at it is the best option but these are some of the most common issues.