Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

refrigerator too warm

There are several reasons for why a refrigerator isn’t cooling. If you want to save yourself a little time and hassle, give Tate Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in California. We are eager to visit and diagnose the problem and fix it for you.

When your refrigerator is not cold, it is time to determine what the problem could be. A lot of times it’s something as common as a routine coil cleaning behind the appliance. However, with these new refrigerators, they are manufactured with various sensors too.

Before we investigate further, we monitor the most common and common reasons for this issue. Here are a few of of the issues that we have found can lead to a refrigerator that will not cool:

Is it plugged into an outlet? This will seem like it is a funny question, but we have been called out to appointments that this was the problem. For some reason, the refrigerator was not plugged in. it’s possible a a pet unplugged it, or an electrician doing a service visit. Whatever the reason may be, be sure the refrigerator is plugged in.

Look at the thermostat inside of the unit. This is a very common problem for those with small children in the home. After all, kids love dials and buttons and so, without knowing they are doing anything wrong, they play with them. So, check that the thermostat setting is not the cause of the warm fridge.

Which Refrigerator Parts to Inspect?

Be sure all of the vents inside the freezer area aren’t blocked with containers or food. This is very common since sometimes bags of frozen vegetables get stuck in the back of the freezer. There can be food in the way back of a freezer unit that has been forgotten about.

Be sure the condenser cooling fan is clear and clean of debris. To be sure, unplug the fridge and pull it out from the wall. The fan for several models is just at the bottom of the appliance or in the back part of the freezer portion. Often times, customers do not think about cleaning this section of the fridge. But, it is important to clean it. And, it fills up with dust and fuzz quickly, especially in homes that have pets. So, grab a rag and clean the collected dust out of the refrigerator coils and fan.

This is not recommended for refrigerators that have a rear coil system. Once everything is clean, plug it back into the outlet and notice 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 more common ones to check if your freezer is cool but the fridge is not. The evaporator coils are frosted over. This happens because there’s a failure in the defrost heating system. Or if the automatic defrost has an issue. The evaporator fan motor can be another cause.

Every refrigerator has a pair of evaporator coils. These coils are what cool and the fan circulates the cold air around inside the appliance. The damper control assembly working correctly. The temperature control board which provides the electricity to the fan and compressor, this is not likely the issue but it’s worth troubleshooting.

And, the thermistor might be malfunctioning, which is a little sensor in the unit 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 issues.