Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

refrigerator too warm

There are a lot of reasons why a refrigerator will not cool. If you would like to spare yourself a little time and hassle, give National City Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in National CIty, CA. Our repairmen are happy to come out and troubleshoot the cooling problem and correct it for you.

When a refrigerator is not cold, it is time to see what the problem could be. Often times it’s something as simple as a good coil cleaning. However, with latest models of refrigerators, they’re manufactured with various sensors as well.

Before we investigate further, we inspect the most typical and easy reasons for this issue. Here are a few of of the things that we’ve determined can lead to a refrigerator that will not cool:

Is the cord plugged in? This will seem like it is a funny question, but we’ve been called out to jobs that this was the issue. For some reason, the refrigerator was not plugged in. it’s possible a child or pet unplugged it, or an electrician during a project. Whatever the case may be, make sure it’s plugged in.

Check the thermostat inside. This is a typical problem for families with children in their home. After all, kids like dials and buttons and so, without understanding they are doing something bad, they mess with them. So, check that the thermostat setting is not the cause of the warm fridge.

Refrigerator Parts to Troubleshoot?

Check that each of the vents inside the freezer area aren’t blocked with food or containers. This is common since bags of frozen veggies 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 refrigerator’s condenser cooling fan is clean and clear of all debris. To be sure, unplug the refrigerator and pull it out from the wall. The cooling fan for most models is just at the bottom or somewhere in the back part of the freezer unit. Many times, people do not think to clean this area of the appliance. But, it’s important to keep it clean. And, it piles up with dust and fuzz quickly, especially in houses that have dogs and cats. So, get a rag and get the built-up dust out of the coils and fan.

This is not a suggestion for refrigerators that have a back coil system. Once all clean, plug it back into the outlet and see if the cooling fan moves.

The Freezer Unit is Cold but the Refrigerator Isn’t

There are several reasons for a refrigerator that won’t cool after these more common ones to start to take a look at if the freezer is cold but the refrigerator isn’t. The evaporator coils are frosted over. This occurs when there’s a malfunction in the defrost heating system. Or when the automatic defrost experiences an issue. The evaporator fan motor is another reason.

Every fridge has a pair of evaporator coils. These coils are what cool and then the fan circulates the cold air throughout the unit. The damper control assembly is not working properly. The temperature control board which carries 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 small sensor within the appliance that displays the temperature. Having one of our repairmen inspect it is the best solution but these are some of the most common problems.