Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

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There are a variety of reasons why a refrigerator isn’t cooling. If you would like to spare yourself a little time and hassle, give Achieve Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Arlington, TX. We are happy to visit and troubleshoot the issue and fix it for you.

When your refrigerator has lost its cold, it is time to determine what the problem might be. Often times it is something as common as a good coil cleaning. However, with these modern models of refrigerators, they are equipped with various sensors as well.

Before we look too deep, we inspect the most typical and easy causes for this issue. Here are some of the issues that we have determined lead to a refrigerator not cooling:

Is the refrigerator plugged in? This may seem like it’s a odd question, but we have been hired for jobs that this was the problem. Somehow, it was not plugged in. it’s possible a a pet unplugged it, or an electrician during a project. Whatever the cause may be, be sure it is plugged in.

Look at the thermostat inside. This is a very common problem for families with children in their house. After all, children are fascinated with buttons and dials and so, without understanding they are doing something bad, they mess with them. So, be sure that the thermostat temperature is not the cause of the warm fridge.

Refrigerator Parts to Inspect?

Check that the vents in the freezer area are not blocked with boxes or food. This is very common because bags of frozen vegetables get pushed in the back. There can be food in the very back of a freezer that has long been forgotten.

Be sure the condenser cooling fan is clean and clear of all debris. To be sure, unplug the fridge and slide it out from the kitchen wall. The fan for many models is right at the bottom of the appliance or in the back of the freezer unit. Many times, customers 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 homes that have dogs and cats. So, get a clean rag and clean the built-up dust out of the refrigerator coils and fan.

This is not suggested for refrigerators that have the rear coil system. Once all clean, plug it back into the wall and see if the fan spins.

The Freezer Unit is Cold but the Refrigerator is Not

There are a few more reasons for a refrigerator not cooling after these more common ones to start to take a look at if the freezer is cool but the fridge is not. The evaporator coils have frost on them. This happens if there is a failure in the defrost heating system. Or the automatic defrost experiences an issue. The evaporator fan motor is another reason.

Every refrigerator has a pair of evaporator coils. These evaporator coils are what gets cold and then the fan circulates the cool air around inside the unit. The damper control assembly working correctly. The temperature control board carries the electricity to the compressor and fan, this probably is not the issue but it is worth troubleshooting.

And, the thermistor could be defective, which is a tiny sensor in the unit that tells the temperature. Having one of our repairmen look at it is the best solution but these are some of the most common problems.