Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

refrigerator not cooling

There are a few reasons why a refrigerator will not cool. If you want to spare yourself a little time and burden, give Patriot Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Old Bridge, NJ. Our technicians are eager to come out and troubleshoot the problem as well as correct it for you.

When your refrigerator has lost its cold, it’s time to see what the issue is. Most times it is something as basic as a good coil cleaning. However, with these modern fridges, they’re equipped with a variety of sensors too.

Before we look too deep, we look at the most common and simple reasons for this problem. Here are a few of of the issues that we have determined can lead to a refrigerator that will not cool:

Is the refrigerator plugged in? This might seem like a funny question, but we’ve been hired for jobs that this was the reason for the problem. For some reason, the refrigerator was unplugged. it’s possible a kid unplugged it, or an electrician during a project. Whatever the reason might be, make sure it is plugged in.

Check the thermostat inside of the appliance. This is a typical issue for anyone with children in the home. After all, children love buttons and dials and so, without understanding they’re doing anything bad, they play with them. So, be sure that the thermostat temperature isn’t the reason for the warm refrigerator.

Which Refrigerator Parts to Troubleshoot?

Check that all of the vents inside the freezer are not blocked with food or boxes. This is very common because frozen vegetables get stuck in the back. There can be food in the very back of a freezer unit that has long been forgotten about.

Check that the condenser cooling fan is clean and clear of all debris. To do this, unplug the fridge and pull it away from the wall. The fan for most models is right at the bottom or somewhere in the back of the freezer unit. A lot of times, homeowner do not think to clean this section of the refrigerator. But, it is important to clean it. And, it piles up with fuzz and dust quickly, especially with homes that have pets. So, grab a rag and clean the built-up dust out of the coils and cooling fan.

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

The Freezer is Cold but the Refrigerator is Not

There are several reasons for a refrigerator not cooling after these obvious ones to start to take a look at if your freezer is cold but your fridge is not. The evaporator coils have frost on them. This occurs if there is a malfunction in the defrost system. Or if the automatic defrost experiences an issue. The evaporator fan motor can be another reason.

Every refrigerator has a set of evaporator coils. These evaporator coils are what gets cold and the fan circulates the cool air throughout the unit. The damper control assembly working the right way. The temperature control board which carries the electricity to the fan and compressor, this isn’t likely the issue but it’s worth mentioning.

And, the thermistor could be defective, which is a little sensor within the unit that tells the temperature. Having one of our technicians look at it is the best option but these are some of the most common issues.