Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

refrigerator not cooling

There are several reasons for why a refrigerator isn’t cooling. If you would like to spare yourself some time and hassle, give Noble Norfolk Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Norfolk, VA. Our repairmen are happy to visit and diagnose the cooling issue and fix it for you.

When a refrigerator isn’t cold, it’s time to see what the problem could be. Often times it’s something as basic as a routine coil cleaning. However, with these modern fridges, they’re manufactured with various sensors too.

Before we investigate further, we monitor the most typical and simple reasons for this problem. Here are some of the things that we have determined can lead to a refrigerator that won’t cool:

Is it plugged in? This will seem like it’s a odd question, but we’ve been hired for jobs that this was the problem. For some reason, it was not plugged in. Maybe a child or pet unplugged it, or an electrician during a project. Whatever the reason may be, make sure it is plugged in.

Look at the thermostat inside of the appliance. This is a very common problem for those with children in their home. After all, children are fascinated with buttons and dials and so, without understanding they are doing anything wrong, they play with them. So, be sure that the thermostat setting is not the cause of the warm fridge.

Refrigerator Components to Inspect?

Be sure each of the vents inside the freezer aren’t blocked with containers or food. This is very common because bags of frozen veggies get pushed in the back of the freezer. There can be food in the back of a freezer that has long been forgotten.

Be sure the condenser cooling fan is clean and clear of all debris. To check this, unplug the refrigerator and slide it out from the kitchen wall. The cooling fan for many models is right at the bottom of the appliance or in the back of the freezer portion. Often times, homeowner do not think about cleaning this section of the refrigerator. 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, find a clean rag and get the built-up dust out of the refrigerator coils and fan.

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

The Freezer is Cold but the Fridge Isn’t

There are many causes for a refrigerator not cooling after these more common ones to start to take a look at if your freezer is cool but the refrigerator isn’t. The evaporator coils have frost on them. This happens because there is a malfunction in the defrost heating system. Or the automatic defrost experiences a problem. The evaporator fan motor can be another cause.

Every fridge has a pair of evaporator coils. These coils are what cool and the fan moves the cold air throughout the unit. The damper control assembly working correctly. The temperature control board transports the electricity to the compressor and fan, this probably isn’t the issue but it’s worth mentioning.

And, the thermistor could be malfunctioning, which is a little sensor inside the appliance that tells the temperature. Having one of our technicians look at it is the best solution but these are a few of of the most common issues.