Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

refrigerator not cooling

There are a variety of reasons why a refrigerator is not cooling. If you want to spare yourself some time and inconvenience, give Wright Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Alabama. We are happy to visit and troubleshoot the problem and correct it for you.

When your refrigerator isn’t cold anymore, it is time to see what the problem could be. A lot of times it’s something as common as a routine coil cleaning. However, with these modern models of refrigerators, they’re equipped with various sensors as well.

Before we look too deep, we inspect the most common and common reasons for this problem. Here are some issues that we’ve found can lead to a refrigerator that will not cool:

Is the refrigerator plugged into an outlet? This might seem like it’s a silly question, but we have been called out to appointments that this was the reason for the issue. For some reason, the refrigerator was unplugged. Maybe a kid did it, or an electrician during a service visit. Whatever the reason may be, be sure it is plugged in.

Look at the thermostat inside of the unit. This is a very common problem for those with children in the house. After all, kids are fascinated with buttons and dials and so, without understanding they are doing anything bad, they mess with them. So, be sure that the thermostat setting isn’t the reason for the warm fridge.

Which Refrigerator Parts to Inspect?

Be sure the vents in the freezer aren’t blocked with food or boxes. This is very common because bags of frozen veggies get stuck in the back of the freezer. There can be food in the back of a freezer that has long been forgotten.

Check that the refrigerator’s condenser cooling fan is clear and clean of debris. To do this, unplug the fridge and pull it away from the wall. The fan for several models is right at the bottom or in the back of the freezer portion. A lot of times, people don’t think to clean this section of the appliance. But, it’s very important to clean it. And, it piles up with fuzz and dust quickly, especially with houses that have cats and dogs. So, find a clean rag and clean the collected dust out of the refrigerator coils and cooling fan.

This is not suggested for refrigerators that have a rear coil system. Once all clean, plug it into the outlet and monitor 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 check if the freezer is cool but the refrigerator isn’t. The evaporator coils are frosted over. This occurs because there’s a failure in the defrost system. Or when 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 unit. The damper control assembly is not working properly. The temperature control board that provides the electricity to the fan and compressor, this isn’t likely the issue but it is worth troubleshooting.

And, the thermistor might be malfunctioning, which is a tiny sensor inside the appliance that tells the temperature. Having one of our technicians inspect it is the best course of action but these are a few of of the most common problems.