Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

refrigerator not cooling

There are many reasons why a refrigerator won’t cool. If you want to save yourself a little time and burden, give Duncan Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Jersey City, NJ. We are eager to come out and troubleshoot the issue and correct it for you.

When your refrigerator is not cold, it is time to figure out what the problem might be. A lot of times it’s something as simple as a routine coil cleaning behind the appliance. But, with new refrigerators, they are equipped with a variety of sensors as well.

Before we investigate further, we look at the most typical and easy reasons for this issue. Here are some of the issues that we have determined lead to a refrigerator not cooling:

Is the cord plugged into an electrical outlet? This may seem like a silly question, but we’ve been hired for appointments that this was the problem. Somehow, the refrigerator was not plugged in. it’s possible a kid unplugged it, or an electrician while doing a project. Whatever the case may be, make sure it is plugged in.

Look at the thermostat inside of the unit. This is a very common issue for those with small children in their home. After all, kids like buttons and dials and so, without understanding 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?

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

Be sure the condenser cooling fan is clean and clear of all debris. To be sure, unplug the refrigerator and slide it out from the wall. The fan for several models is right at the bottom or somewhere in the back of the freezer unit. Many times, homeowner do not think about cleaning this area of the refrigerator. But, it’s very important to clean it. And, it clogs up with fuzz and dust quickly, especially with houses that have cats and dogs. So, find a clean rag and clean the built-up dust out of the coils and cooling fan.

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

The Freezer Unit is Cold but the Refrigerator is Not

There are several causes for a refrigerator that won’t cool after these obvious ones to take a look at if the freezer is cold but the fridge isn’t. The evaporator coils are frosted over. This happens when there’s a failure in the defrost system. Or if the automatic defrost experiences a problem. The evaporator fan motor is another reason.

Every refrigerator has a pair of evaporator coils. These evaporator coils are what gets cold and then the fan circulates the cool air around inside the unit. The damper control assembly isn’t 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 could be defective, which is a tiny sensor within the appliance that tells the temperature. Having one of our repairmen inspect it is the best solution but these are a few of of the most typical issues.