Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

There are a variety of reasons why a refrigerator is not cooling. If you would like to spare yourself a little time and inconvenience, give Accurate Gilbert Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Gilbert, AZ. We are happy to come out and diagnose the cooling problem and fix it for you.

When a refrigerator has lost its cold anymore, it’s time to see what the issue is. Most times it is something as common as a good coil cleaning. However, with modern models of refrigerators, they are manufactured with various sensors as well.

Before we look too deep, we look at the most typical and simple reasons for this issue. Here are some things that we have found can lead to a refrigerator that won’t cool:

Is it plugged into an electrical outlet? This will seem like it’s a odd question, but we’ve been hired for jobs that this was the problem. Somehow, it was unplugged. Maybe a kid unplugged it, or an electrician during a service visit. Whatever the reason may be, make sure the refrigerator is plugged in.

Look at the thermostat inside. This is a very common issue for anyone with children in the house. After all, kids are fascinated with buttons and dials and so, without knowing they’re doing something wrong, they mess with them. So, check that the thermostat temperature isn’t the cause of the warm refrigerator.

Refrigerator Parts to Troubleshoot?

Check that all of the vents inside the freezer are not blocked with containers or food. This is common since bags of frozen veggies get pushed in the back. There can be food in the way back of a freezer unit that has long been forgotten about.

Check that the refrigerator’s condenser cooling fan is clear and clean of all debris. To do this, unplug the fridge and slide it out from the kitchen wall. The cooling fan for many models is right at the bottom or in the back part of the freezer unit. A lot of times, people do not think to clean this area of the appliance. But, it is important to keep it clean. And, it clogs up with fuzz and dust quickly, especially with homes that have pets. So, grab a rag and get the built-up dust out of the refrigerator coils and fan.

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

The Freezer Unit is Cold but the Fridge is Not

There are many reasons for a refrigerator that won’t cool after these more common ones to start to check if the freezer is cold but your fridge is not. The evaporator coils have frost on them. This occurs if there’s a malfunction in the defrost system. Or if the automatic defrost has an issue. The evaporator fan motor can be another cause.

Every fridge has a pair of evaporator coils. These coils are what gets cold and the fan pushes the cool air around inside the unit. The damper control assembly working correctly. The temperature control board which carries the electricity to the compressor and fan, this probably isn’t the issue but it’s worth mentioning.

And, the thermistor might be defective, which is a small sensor within the appliance that tells the temperature. Having one of our technicians look at it is the best solution but these are some of the most common issues.