Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

refrigerator not cooling

There are many reasons for why a refrigerator will not cool. If you want to save yourself some time and burden, give IBC Irving Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Irving, TX. Our technicians are eager to visit and troubleshoot the cooling problem as well as repair it for you.

When your refrigerator is not cold anymore, it is time to see what the problem is. A lot of times it’s something as basic as a routine coil cleaning. But, with these new models of refrigerators, they are manufactured with a variety of sensors as well.

Before we look too deep, we monitor the most typical and easy reasons for this issue. Here are some issues that we have determined lead to a refrigerator not cooling:

Is the refrigerator plugged into an electrical outlet? This will seem like it is a silly question, but we have been hired for jobs that this was the issue. Somehow, the refrigerator was unplugged. Maybe a a pet did it, or an electrician while doing a project. Whatever the case might be, be sure it’s plugged in.

Look at the thermostat inside of the appliance. This is a typical issue for customers with small children in their home. After all, kids love dials and buttons and so, without knowing they are doing anything bad, they play with them. So, check that the thermostat temperature is not the reason for the warm refrigerator.

Refrigerator Parts to Inspect?

Be sure the vents inside of the freezer area are not blocked with food or containers. This is very common since sometimes frozen veggies get stuck in the back. There could be food in the way back of a freezer unit that has been forgotten about.

Check that the refrigerator’s condenser cooling fan is clear and clean of all debris. To check this, unplug the refrigerator and slide it away from the wall. The cooling fan for several models is just at the bottom or in the back part of the freezer section. Many times, people do not think about cleaning this section of the refrigerator. But, it is important to clean it. And, it builds up with dust and fuzz quickly, especially with houses that have dogs and cats. So, grab a rag and get the dust out of the refrigerator coils and cooling fan.

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

The Freezer Unit is Cold but the Fridge Isn’t

There are a few more causes for a refrigerator not cooling after these more common ones to start to take a look at if the freezer is cold but the fridge isn’t. The evaporator coils are frosted over. This happens when there’s a failure in the defrost system. Or if the automatic defrost has an issue. The evaporator fan motor can be another reason.

Every fridge has a set of evaporator coils. These evaporator coils are what gets cold and then the fan moves the cool air around inside the appliance. The damper control assembly isn’t working correctly. The temperature control board which carries the electricity to the fan and compressor, this probably isn’t the issue but it is worth mentioning.

And, the thermistor might be malfunctioning, which is a tiny sensor within the unit that tells the temperature. Having one of our repairmen look at it is the best solution but these are a few of of the most typical issues.