Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

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There are several reasons for why a refrigerator won’t cool. If you would like to spare yourself some time and hassle, give Gold Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in New Orleans, LA. We are eager to come out and diagnose the issue and correct it for you.

When your refrigerator is not cold, it’s time to figure out what the issue could be. Often times it’s something as basic as a good coil cleaning. But, with these new fridges, they are equipped with various sensors as well.

Before we look too deep, we monitor the most typical and easy reasons for this problem. Here are a couple of issues that we’ve found can lead to a refrigerator not cooling:

Is the cord plugged into an electrical outlet? This may seem like it is a odd question, but we’ve been hired for jobs that this was the issue. Somehow, it was not plugged in. it’s possible a kid unplugged it, or an electrician while doing a project. Whatever the case may be, be sure it is plugged in.

Check the thermostat inside of the appliance. This is a very common problem for customers with children in the house. After all, children are fascinated with buttons and dials and so, without knowing they’re doing anything wrong, they mess with them. So, be sure that the thermostat setting is not the cause of the warm fridge.

Which Refrigerator Components to Troubleshoot?

Check that all of the vents in the freezer area are not blocked with containers or food. This is common since bags of frozen vegetables get pushed in the back of the freezer. There might be food in the back of a freezer unit that has long been forgotten about.

Check that the refrigerator’s condenser cooling fan is clear and clean of all debris. To check this, unplug the fridge and pull it out from the kitchen wall. The cooling fan for most models is just at the bottom of the appliance or in the back of the freezer section. A lot of times, homeowner don’t think to clean this section of the fridge. But, it is important to keep it clean. And, it clogs up with fuzz and dust quickly, especially with houses that have dogs and cats. So, find a clean rag and get the dust out of the refrigerator coils and cooling fan.

This is not a suggestion for refrigerators that have a back coil system. Once all clean, plug it back into the outlet and notice if the cooling fan moves.

The Freezer Unit is Cold but the Fridge Isn’t

There are a few more causes for a refrigerator that won’t cool after these obvious ones to start to check if your freezer is cool but the refrigerator isn’t. The evaporator coils are frosted over. This happens because there is a malfunction in the defrost system. Or if the automatic defrost has a problem. The evaporator fan motor is another reason.

Every refrigerator has a set of evaporator coils. These evaporator coils are what cool and then the fan moves the cold air throughout the appliance. The damper control assembly is not working properly. The temperature control board that transports the electricity to the compressor and fan, this probably is not the problem but it is worth troubleshooting.

And, the thermistor might be malfunctioning, which is a small sensor within the unit that tells the temperature. Having one of our technicians inspect it is the best course of action but these are some of the most common problems.