Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

refrigerator too warm

There are a few reasons why a refrigerator won’t cool. If you want to save yourself some time and inconvenience, give C&B Chino Hills Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Chino Hills, CA. Our repairmen are eager to visit and troubleshoot the cooling problem and repair it for you.

When your refrigerator has lost its cold, it’s time to see what the problem might be. Most times it’s something as basic as a routine coil cleaning behind the refrigerator. However, with these new fridges, they’re manufactured with a variety of sensors too.

Before we look too deep, we inspect the most common and easy reasons for this problem. Here are some of the issues that we’ve determined can lead to a refrigerator that won’t cool:

Is the cord plugged in? This will seem like it is a odd question, but we’ve been called out to jobs that this was the problem. For some reason, it was not plugged in. it’s possible a kid unplugged it, or an electrician during a service visit. Whatever the cause may be, make sure it is plugged in.

Check the thermostat inside. This is a very typical issue for anyone with children in their house. After all, children are fascinated with dials and buttons and so, without understanding they’re doing anything wrong, they mess with them. So, be sure that the thermostat setting is not the reason for the warm fridge.

Refrigerator Parts to Inspect?

Check that each of the vents inside of the freezer aren’t blocked with food or boxes. This is common because sometimes frozen veggies get pushed in the back. There can be food in the way back of a freezer unit that has been forgotten about.

Check that the refrigerator’s condenser cooling fan is clear and clean of all debris. To do this, unplug the refrigerator and slide it away from the kitchen wall. The cooling fan for many models is just at the bottom of the appliance or somewhere in the back of the freezer section. Often times, customers do not think to clean this section of the appliance. But, it is very important to keep it clean. And, it builds up with dust and fuzz quickly, especially with houses that have pets. So, get a rag and get the dust out of the refrigerator coils and fan.

This is not suggested for refrigerators that have the rear coil system. Once everything is clean, plug it into the wall and notice if the cooling fan spins.

The Freezer Unit is Cold but the Fridge is Not

There are several causes for a refrigerator not cooling after these obvious ones to take a look at if your freezer is cold but the fridge isn’t. The evaporator coils have frost on them. This happens if there is a malfunction in the defrost system. Or when the automatic defrost has an issue. The evaporator fan motor is another reason.

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

And, the thermistor could be defective, which is a little sensor in the unit that tells the temperature. Having one of our repairmen look at it is the best option but these are a few of of the most typical problems.