Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

There are many reasons a refrigerator is not cooling. If you would like to spare yourself a little time and burden, give Champion Deltona Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Deltona, FL. We’re eager to come out and troubleshoot the cooling issue and correct it for you.

When a refrigerator is not cold, it’s time to figure out what the issue might be. Most times it is something as basic as a routine coil cleaning behind the appliance. But, with new models of refrigerators, they’re manufactured with various sensors as well.

Before we investigate further, we inspect the most typical and common causes for this problem. Here are a few of things that we have found can lead to a refrigerator not cooling:

Is the cord plugged in? This might seem like a silly question, but we’ve been called out to jobs that this was the reason for the issue. For some reason, it was unplugged. it’s possible a a pet unplugged it, or an electrician doing a service visit. Whatever the case may be, be sure it’s plugged in.

Check the thermostat inside of the appliance. This is a very common issue for those with children in the home. After all, children love dials and buttons and so, without understanding they are doing anything wrong, they mess with them. So, check that the thermostat setting is not the cause of the warm fridge.

Which Refrigerator Components to Troubleshoot?

Be sure each of the vents inside the freezer aren’t blocked with food or containers. This is common because sometimes bags of frozen veggies get stuck in the back of the freezer. There could be food in the back of a freezer that has been forgotten.

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

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

The Freezer is Cold but the Fridge is Not

There are a few more causes for a refrigerator that won’t cool after these obvious ones to start to take a look at if the freezer is cool but your refrigerator isn’t. The evaporator coils have frost on them. This happens if there is a failure in the defrost heating system. Or if the automatic defrost experiences a problem. The evaporator fan motor can be another cause.

Every fridge has a set of evaporator coils. These coils are what gets cold and then the fan pushes the cool air around inside the appliance. The damper control assembly is not working properly. The temperature control board transports the electricity to the fan and compressor, this is not likely the issue but it is worth mentioning.

And, the thermistor might be malfunctioning, which is a tiny sensor within the unit that tells the temperature. Having one of our repairmen inspect it is the best solution but these are some of the most common issues.