Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

There are several reasons a refrigerator is not cooling. If you want to save yourself some time and hassle, give Racine Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Racine, WI. We are happy to come out and diagnose the cooling issue and repair it for you.

When a refrigerator is no longer cold, it is time to determine what the problem might be. Often times it’s something as simple as a routine coil cleaning behind the appliance. However, with these latest models of refrigerators, they are equipped with various sensors as well.

Before we investigate further, we monitor the most typical and simple reasons for this issue. Here are some issues that we’ve found can lead to a refrigerator not cooling:

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

Check the thermostat inside. This is a very common problem for customers with small children in the home. After all, children love dials and buttons and so, without understanding they’re doing something wrong, they play with them. So, be sure that the thermostat temperature is not the reason for the warm fridge.

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Be sure the vents inside the freezer area aren’t blocked with food or containers. This is very common since sometimes frozen veggies get pushed in the back. There can be food in the way back of a freezer unit 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 refrigerator and pull it away from the kitchen wall. The fan for several models is just at the bottom of the appliance or in the back part of the freezer portion. Many times, people don’t think to clean this area of the appliance. But, it is important to clean it. And, it clogs up with fuzz and dust quickly, especially in houses that have pets. So, find a rag and clean the collected dust out of the coils and fan.

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

The Freezer Unit is Cold but the Fridge Isn’t

There are a few more causes for a refrigerator that won’t cool after these more common ones to take a look at if the freezer is cold but the refrigerator is not. The evaporator coils are frosted over. This occurs if there is a malfunction in the defrost system. Or the automatic defrost has an issue. The evaporator fan motor can be another reason.

Every fridge has a set of evaporator coils. These coils are what gets cold and the fan circulates the cold air throughout the appliance. The damper control assembly working the right way. The temperature control board that transports the electricity to the compressor and fan, this is not likely the issue but it is worth troubleshooting.

And, the thermistor might be malfunctioning, which is a small sensor within 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 typical issues.

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