Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

refrigerator too warm

There are many reasons a refrigerator is not cooling. If you would like to spare yourself some time and burden, give Hall Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Washington. We’re happy to come out and diagnose the issue as well as 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 basic as a good coil cleaning behind the appliance. However, with modern refrigerators, they are manufactured with various sensors as well.

Before we investigate further, we inspect the most common and easy causes for this issue. Here are some issues that we’ve determined lead to a refrigerator not cooling:

Is the refrigerator plugged into an outlet? This may seem like a silly question, but we’ve been hired for jobs that this was the reason for the problem. For some reason, it was unplugged. it’s possible a a pet did it, or an electrician during a project. Whatever the cause may be, make sure it is plugged in.

Check the thermostat inside. This is a common problem for customers with small children in their house. After all, children are fascinated with dials and buttons and so, without knowing they are doing anything bad, they play with them. So, check that the thermostat setting is not the cause of the warm fridge.

Refrigerator Components to Inspect?

Be sure each of the vents inside the freezer area are not blocked with containers or food. This is very common since sometimes frozen veggies get pushed in the back of the freezer. There can be food in the very back of a freezer that has long been forgotten.

Check that the condenser cooling fan is clean and clear of debris. To be sure, unplug the fridge and slide 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. A lot of times, customers don’t think about cleaning this section of the appliance. But, it is very important to keep it clean. And, it clogs up with dust and fuzz quickly, especially with houses that have pets. So, get a clean rag and clean the collected dust out of the coils and fan.

This is not a suggestion for refrigerators that have the rear coil system. Once all clean, plug it back into the wall and see if the 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 start to check if your freezer is cool but the fridge isn’t. The evaporator coils are frosted over. This happens because there’s a malfunction in the defrost heating system. Or when the automatic defrost experiences a problem. The evaporator fan motor can be another reason.

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

And, the thermistor might be defective, which is a little sensor inside the unit that tells the temperature. Having one of our technicians inspect it is the best option but these are a few of of the most common issues.