Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

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There are a variety of reasons a refrigerator won’t cool. If you would like to save yourself some time and inconvenience, give ASAP Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Greenwood, IN. We’re eager to come out and troubleshoot the cooling problem and repair it for you.

When a refrigerator is no longer cold, it is time to figure out what the problem might be. A lot of times it’s something as simple as a good coil cleaning behind the appliance. However, with these new models of refrigerators, they are manufactured with various sensors as well.

Before we look too deep, we inspect the most typical and simple reasons for this problem. Here are a few of of the things that we’ve determined lead to a refrigerator that won’t cool:

Is it plugged into an electrical outlet? This might seem like a odd question, but we have been called out to jobs that this was the problem. Somehow, the refrigerator was not plugged in. it’s possible a child or pet did it, or an electrician during a service visit. Whatever the cause might be, make 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, children are fascinated with buttons and dials and so, without knowing they’re doing anything wrong, they mess with them. So, check that the thermostat setting isn’t the reason for the warm fridge.

Refrigerator Parts to Troubleshoot?

Check that each of the vents inside of the freezer area aren’t blocked with containers or food. This is very common because sometimes frozen vegetables get pushed in the back of the freezer. There might be food in the way back of a freezer that has long been forgotten.

Check that the refrigerator’s condenser cooling fan is clean and clear of debris. To be sure, unplug the fridge and slide it away from the wall. The fan for many models is right at the bottom of the appliance or somewhere in the back part of the freezer unit. A lot of times, customers do not think to clean this section of the refrigerator. But, it’s very important to clean it. And, it piles up with dust and fuzz quickly, especially in homes that have dogs and cats. So, get a rag and get the collected dust out of the refrigerator coils and cooling fan.

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

The Freezer Unit is Cold but the Fridge is Not

There are many causes for a refrigerator not cooling after these obvious ones to start to take a look at if the freezer is cool but your fridge is not. The evaporator coils are frosted over. This happens because there’s a malfunction in the defrost heating system. Or the automatic defrost has a problem. The evaporator fan motor is another cause.

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

And, the thermistor might be defective, which is a small sensor in the appliance that tells the temperature. Having one of our repairmen inspect it is the best course of action but these are a few of of the most typical problems.


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