Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

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There are many reasons a refrigerator will not cool. If you want to save yourself a little time and burden, give Elite Euless Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Euless, TX. We’re happy to come out and diagnose the problem and fix it for you.

When a refrigerator is no longer cold anymore, it is time to see what the issue is. A lot of times it’s something as common as a good coil cleaning. However, with new refrigerators, they are manufactured with a variety of sensors too.

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

Is the cord plugged in? This may seem like it is a silly question, but we have been hired for jobs that this was the issue. For some reason, it was unplugged. it’s possible a kid did it, or an electrician during a project. Whatever the cause might be, be sure the refrigerator is plugged in.

Look at the thermostat inside. This is a very typical problem for families with children in the home. After all, kids are fascinated with buttons and dials and so, without understanding they are doing something bad, they play with them. So, check that the thermostat temperature isn’t the cause of the warm fridge.

Refrigerator Components to Troubleshoot?

Be sure the vents inside of the freezer aren’t blocked with boxes or food. This is common since frozen veggies get stuck in the back of the freezer. There might be food in the back of a freezer that has long been forgotten.

Check that the condenser cooling fan is clean and clear of debris. To do this, unplug the refrigerator and slide it away from the kitchen wall. The fan for several models is just at the bottom of the appliance or in the back of the freezer portion. Often times, people don’t think to clean this section of the appliance. But, it is very important to keep it clean. And, it builds up with fuzz and dust quickly, especially in houses that have pets. So, get a clean rag and get the 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 into the wall and monitor if the cooling fan moves.

The Freezer Unit is Cold but the Refrigerator Isn’t

There are several causes for a refrigerator that won’t cool after these obvious ones to start to take a look at if the freezer is cool but your fridge isn’t. The evaporator coils are frosted over. This occurs because there is a failure 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 gets cold and then the fan pushes the cool air throughout the unit. The damper control assembly working correctly. The temperature control board transports the electricity to the fan and compressor, this probably is not the issue but it’s worth troubleshooting.

And, the thermistor might be defective, which is a little sensor in the unit that displays the temperature. Having one of our repairmen inspect it is the best course of action but these are a few of of the most common problems.