Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

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There are a lot of reasons for why a refrigerator will not cool. If you want to spare yourself some time and burden, give Moreno Valley Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Moreno Valley, CA. Our technicians are eager to visit and troubleshoot the cooling problem and correct it for you.

When your refrigerator has lost its cold, it is time to determine what the issue is. A lot of times it’s something as common as a good coil cleaning. But, with latest refrigerators, they’re equipped with various sensors too.

Before we look too deep, we look at the most common and simple reasons for this issue. Here are some of the things that we’ve determined lead to a refrigerator that will not cool:

Is it plugged in? This may seem like it’s a odd question, but we have been hired for jobs that this was the problem. For some reason, it was unplugged. Maybe a child or pet did it, or an electrician during a project. Whatever the reason may be, be sure it’s plugged in.

Check the thermostat inside. This is a very common problem for anyone with children in the house. After all, kids are fascinated with buttons and dials and so, without understanding they’re doing something bad, they play with them. So, be sure that the thermostat temperature isn’t the reason for the warm refrigerator.

Which Refrigerator Components to Troubleshoot?

Be sure each of the vents inside of the freezer area are not blocked with boxes or food. This is very common because sometimes frozen vegetables get stuck in the back of the freezer. There can be food in the way back of a freezer 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 pull it out from the kitchen wall. The cooling fan for many models is just at the bottom or somewhere in the back part of the freezer portion. Often times, people do not think to clean this area of the refrigerator. But, it is important to keep it clean. And, it piles up with dust and fuzz quickly, especially with houses that have pets. So, grab a rag and get the collected dust out of the refrigerator coils and fan.

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

The Freezer Unit is Cold but the Refrigerator Isn’t

There are a few more reasons for a refrigerator not cooling after these obvious ones to start to take a look at if the freezer is cool but the refrigerator is not. The evaporator coils are frosted over. This occurs when there’s a failure in the defrost heating system. Or when the automatic defrost has an issue. The evaporator fan motor can be another cause.

Every refrigerator has a set of evaporator coils. These coils are what cool and the fan pushes the cool air around inside the unit. The damper control assembly is not working properly. The temperature control board transports the electricity to the fan and compressor, this isn’t likely the issue but it is worth troubleshooting.

And, the thermistor could be malfunctioning, which is a little sensor in the appliance that tells the temperature. Having one of our technicians inspect it is the best course of action but these are some of the most typical issues.