Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

There are a lot of reasons a refrigerator isn’t cooling. If you want to save yourself a little time and burden, give Able Reading Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Reading, PA. We’re eager to come out and troubleshoot the problem and fix it for you.

When your refrigerator isn’t cold, it is time to determine what the problem is. A lot of times it’s something as common as a routine coil cleaning. But, with latest refrigerators, they are manufactured with various sensors too.

Before we investigate further, we monitor the most typical and easy causes for this issue. Here are some issues that we have found lead to a refrigerator not cooling:

Is the refrigerator plugged into an outlet? This might seem like it is a silly question, but we have been hired for appointments that this was the reason for the problem. Somehow, it was not plugged in. Maybe a child or pet did it, or an electrician doing a service visit. Whatever the reason might be, make sure it’s plugged in.

Check the thermostat inside of the appliance. This is a common problem for customers with small children in their home. After all, kids like buttons and dials and so, without knowing they’re doing something bad, they play with them. So, check that the thermostat temperature isn’t the reason for the warm fridge.

Refrigerator Parts to Inspect?

Check that the vents inside of the freezer aren’t blocked with containers or food. This is very common since sometimes frozen vegetables get stuck in the back. There could be food in the way back of a freezer that has been forgotten about.

Check that the refrigerator’s condenser cooling fan is clean and clear of debris. To check this, unplug the refrigerator and pull it out from the wall. The fan for a lot of models is just at the bottom of the appliance or somewhere in the back of the freezer portion. Many times, homeowner don’t think about cleaning this section of the appliance. But, it’s important to keep it clean. And, it builds up with dust and fuzz quickly, especially with houses that have cats and dogs. So, get a rag and get the collected dust out of the coils and fan.

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

The Freezer is Cold but the Refrigerator Isn’t

There are several causes for a refrigerator not cooling after these more common ones to start to check if the freezer is cold but the refrigerator is not. The evaporator coils have frost on them. This occurs because there’s a malfunction in the defrost heating system. Or if the automatic defrost has a problem. The evaporator fan motor is another cause.

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

And, the thermistor might be malfunctioning, which is a small sensor within the unit that displays the temperature. Having one of our technicians look at it is the best solution but these are a few of of the most typical issues.