Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

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There are a lot of reasons a refrigerator won’t cool. If you would like to save yourself some time and hassle, give P&G Union Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Union, NJ. We’re eager to visit and troubleshoot the cooling problem and correct it for you.

When a refrigerator has lost its cold anymore, it’s time to determine what the problem might be. A lot of times it’s something as simple as a routine coil cleaning. However, with new models of refrigerators, they are equipped with various sensors too.

Before we investigate further, we monitor the most typical and simple causes for this issue. Here are a few of of the issues that we’ve found can lead to a refrigerator not cooling:

Is the refrigerator plugged in? This may seem like a funny question, but we have been called out to appointments that this was the reason for the issue. For some reason, it was unplugged. it’s possible a child or pet unplugged it, or an electrician during a service visit. Whatever the case might be, make sure it’s plugged in.

Look at the thermostat inside. This is a common problem for customers with small children in the house. After all, kids like buttons and dials and so, without understanding they are doing something wrong, they mess with them. So, check that the thermostat temperature isn’t the cause of the warm fridge.

Refrigerator Parts to Troubleshoot?

Check that the vents in the freezer are not blocked with boxes or food. This is common because frozen veggies get stuck in the back of the freezer. There might be food in the very back of a freezer unit that has long been forgotten about.

Check that the condenser cooling fan is clear and clean of all debris. To be sure, unplug the fridge and slide it away from the kitchen wall. The fan for most models is right at the bottom or somewhere in the back of the freezer portion. Often times, people do not think about cleaning this area of the appliance. But, it’s important to clean it. And, it builds up with fuzz and dust quickly, especially in houses that have pets. So, grab a rag and clean the dust out of the coils and cooling fan.

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

The Freezer is Cold but the Refrigerator is Not

There are a few more causes for a refrigerator that won’t cool after these obvious ones to check if your freezer is cool but your fridge isn’t. The evaporator coils are frosted over. This occurs if there’s a malfunction in the defrost system. Or the automatic defrost experiences a problem. The evaporator fan motor is another cause.

Every refrigerator has a set of evaporator coils. These coils are what cool and then the fan pushes the cold air throughout the appliance. The damper control assembly working the right way. The temperature control board transports the electricity to the compressor and fan, this is not likely the issue but it is worth troubleshooting.

And, the thermistor might be malfunctioning, which is a tiny sensor inside the appliance that displays the temperature. Having one of our technicians look at it is the best course of action but these are a few of of the most typical issues.