Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

refrigerator not cooling

There are many reasons why a refrigerator will not cool. If you want to save yourself a little time and burden, give Victory Indio Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Indio, CA. We are happy to visit and troubleshoot the cooling issue and repair it for you.

When a refrigerator has lost its cold, it is time to determine what the problem is. Most times it is something as basic as a good coil cleaning behind the appliance. But, with latest models of refrigerators, they are equipped with various sensors too.

Before we look too deep, we look at the most typical and common causes for this problem. Here are some issues that we’ve found can lead to a refrigerator not cooling:

Is the refrigerator plugged into an outlet? This may seem like it’s a silly question, but we’ve been called out to jobs that this was the reason for the issue. For some reason, it was not plugged in. it’s possible a kid did it, or an electrician during a service visit. Whatever the reason might be, be sure it’s plugged in.

Look at the thermostat inside. This is a common issue for anyone with small children in the home. After all, kids are fascinated with dials and buttons and so, without understanding they are doing something wrong, they mess with them. So, check that the thermostat temperature is not the reason for the warm refrigerator.

Refrigerator Components to Troubleshoot?

Be sure the vents inside the freezer aren’t blocked with food or containers. This is very common because sometimes frozen veggies get jammed in the back of the freezer. There can 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 debris. To be sure, unplug the fridge and slide it out from the wall. The fan for several models is just at the bottom or in the back part of the freezer section. A lot of times, customers don’t think about cleaning this area of the refrigerator. But, it is important to clean it. And, it fills up with fuzz and dust quickly, especially in homes 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 a rear coil system. Once everything is clean, plug it back into the outlet and see if the cooling fan spins.

The Freezer Unit is Cold but the Refrigerator is Not

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 cool but the fridge isn’t. The evaporator coils have frost on them. This happens when there is a malfunction in the defrost heating system. Or the automatic defrost experiences a problem. The evaporator fan motor can be another cause.

Every refrigerator has a set of evaporator coils. These coils are what cool and the fan circulates the cold air throughout the unit. The damper control assembly working correctly. The temperature control board that carries the electricity to the compressor and fan, this probably isn’t the issue but it’s worth mentioning.

And, the thermistor might be defective, which is a tiny sensor in the appliance that displays the temperature. Having one of our repairmen inspect it is the best solution but these are some of the most typical problems.