Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

There are many reasons a refrigerator won’t cool. If you would like to spare yourself some time and hassle, give Perry Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Ogden, UT. We’re happy to come out and troubleshoot the cooling problem as well as fix it for you.

When a refrigerator is no longer cold, it is time to see what the issue could be. Often times it is something as common as a good coil cleaning behind the appliance. But, with these latest fridges, they’re equipped with various sensors as well.

Before we look too deep, we inspect the most typical and simple reasons for this issue. Here are a couple of of the issues that we’ve determined can lead to a refrigerator that will not cool:

Is it plugged into an outlet? This might seem like it is a funny question, but we’ve been hired for appointments that this was the issue. Somehow, the refrigerator was unplugged. Maybe a a pet did it, or an electrician doing a service visit. Whatever the cause may be, make sure the refrigerator is plugged in.

Look at the thermostat inside of the appliance. This is a very typical issue for those with small children in their house. After all, children like dials and buttons and so, without understanding they’re doing anything wrong, they mess with them. So, be sure that the thermostat setting isn’t the reason for the warm fridge.

Refrigerator Components to Inspect?

Be sure the vents in the freezer area are not blocked with food or containers. This is common because sometimes bags of frozen veggies get stuck in the back of the freezer. There could 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 debris. To be sure, unplug the refrigerator and slide it out from the kitchen wall. The fan for several models is right at the bottom of the appliance or in the back part of the freezer section. Often times, customers don’t think about cleaning this area of the fridge. But, it’s important to clean it. And, it piles up with fuzz and dust quickly, especially with houses that have cats and dogs. So, get a clean rag and get the built-up dust out of the refrigerator coils and fan.

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

The Freezer Unit is Cold but the Fridge Isn’t

There are many reasons for a refrigerator that won’t cool after these obvious ones to start to check if your freezer is cool but the refrigerator is not. The evaporator coils are frosted over. This happens when there is a failure in the defrost heating system. Or when the automatic defrost has a problem. The evaporator fan motor is another cause.

Every fridge has a pair of evaporator coils. These coils are what gets cold and then the fan moves the cold air around inside the appliance. The damper control assembly working the right way. The temperature control board which carries the electricity to the fan and compressor, this probably isn’t the problem but it’s worth troubleshooting.

And, the thermistor could be malfunctioning, which is a tiny sensor in the unit that displays the temperature. Having one of our repairmen inspect it is the best option but these are a few of of the most typical problems.

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