Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

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There are a variety of reasons a refrigerator will not cool. If you would like to save yourself a little time and hassle, give United Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Fullerton, CA. Our repairmen are eager to visit and diagnose the problem and fix it for you.

When your refrigerator isn’t cold, it is time to see what the issue could be. Often times it is something as basic as a good coil cleaning behind the appliance. However, with these modern fridges, they’re manufactured with various sensors as well.

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

Is the cord plugged into an electrical outlet? This will seem like a silly question, but we have been hired for appointments that this was the issue. For some reason, it was not plugged in. it’s possible a child or pet did it, or an electrician doing a project. Whatever the case may be, make sure it’s plugged in.

Check the thermostat inside. This is a very common problem for those with small children in the house. After all, kids are fascinated with dials and buttons and so, without understanding they’re doing anything wrong, they play with them. So, check that the thermostat temperature is not the cause of the warm fridge.

Which Refrigerator Parts to Inspect?

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

Check that the condenser cooling fan is clear and clean of debris. To be sure, unplug the fridge and pull it out from the kitchen wall. The fan for several models is right at the bottom of the appliance or somewhere in the back part of the freezer unit. A lot of times, people don’t think about cleaning this area of the appliance. But, it’s very important to keep it clean. And, it builds up with dust and fuzz quickly, especially with homes that have pets. So, grab a rag and get the dust out of the coils and fan.

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

The Freezer Unit is Cold but the Fridge Isn’t

There are many reasons for a refrigerator that won’t cool after these obvious ones to check if your freezer is cool but your refrigerator isn’t. The evaporator coils are frosted over. This happens because there is a malfunction in the defrost heating system. Or the automatic defrost has a problem. The evaporator fan motor can be another cause.

Every refrigerator 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 correctly. The temperature control board carries the electricity to the fan and compressor, this probably isn’t the issue but it’s worth mentioning.

And, the thermistor could be defective, which is a small sensor in the unit that displays the temperature. Having one of our technicians look at it is the best option but these are some of the most typical problems.