Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

There are a variety of reasons a refrigerator isn’t cooling. If you would like to save yourself a little time and hassle, give EZ Whittier Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Whittier, CA. We’re happy to come out and troubleshoot the cooling issue as well as fix it for you.

When your refrigerator isn’t cold anymore, it’s time to determine what the issue is. Often times it’s something as basic as a routine coil cleaning behind the refrigerator. But, with these modern models of refrigerators, they are equipped with a variety of sensors too.

Before we look too deep, we look at the most typical and easy causes for this issue. Here are some things that we have determined lead to a refrigerator not cooling:

Is the cord plugged into an electrical outlet? This might seem like it is a odd question, but we have been hired for appointments that this was the reason for the problem. Somehow, it was unplugged. Maybe a a pet unplugged it, or an electrician doing a service visit. Whatever the reason may be, be sure it’s plugged in.

Check the thermostat inside. This is a very typical problem for customers with children in the house. After all, kids like buttons and dials and so, without understanding they are doing anything wrong, they mess with them. So, check that the thermostat temperature isn’t the reason for the warm refrigerator.

Refrigerator Components to Inspect?

Be sure the vents inside of the freezer area are not blocked with food or boxes. This is very common since sometimes frozen veggies get stuck in the back of the freezer. There could be food in the way back of a freezer that has long been forgotten about.

Be sure the refrigerator’s condenser cooling fan is clean and clear of all debris. To do this, unplug the refrigerator and slide it away from the kitchen wall. The fan for a lot of models is just at the bottom of the appliance or somewhere in the back of the freezer section. Often times, customers don’t think to clean this section of the fridge. But, it is important to keep it clean. And, it builds up with dust and fuzz quickly, especially with homes that have dogs and cats. So, grab a rag and get the built-up 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 wall and see if the fan moves.

The Freezer Unit is Cold but the Fridge is Not

There are many reasons for a refrigerator that won’t cool after these more common ones to start to take a look at if your freezer is cold but your refrigerator isn’t. The evaporator coils are frosted over. This occurs because there is a malfunction in the defrost system. Or if the automatic defrost experiences a problem. The evaporator fan motor can be another cause.

Every refrigerator has a set of evaporator coils. These evaporator coils are what cool and then the fan circulates the cool air throughout the unit. The damper control assembly isn’t working the right way. The temperature control board which transports the electricity to the fan and compressor, this probably is not the issue but it is worth troubleshooting.

And, the thermistor could be defective, which is a little sensor in the appliance that tells the temperature. Having one of our repairmen inspect it is the best course of action but these are some of the most common problems.

ADDITIONAL REFRIGERATOR RESOURCES