Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

refrigerator too warm

There are several reasons a refrigerator isn’t cooling. If you want to spare yourself a little time and inconvenience, give Rogers Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Alabama. Our technicians are eager to come out and troubleshoot the problem and fix it for you.

When your refrigerator isn’t cold, it’s time to determine what the problem could be. A lot of times it’s something as simple as a good coil cleaning behind the refrigerator. But, with these latest fridges, they’re equipped with a variety of sensors as well.

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

Is the cord plugged into an electrical outlet? This may seem like a silly question, but we’ve been called out to appointments that this was the issue. Somehow, it was unplugged. Maybe a a pet did it, or an electrician during a project. Whatever the case may be, make sure the refrigerator is plugged in.

Look at the thermostat inside of the unit. This is a typical problem for those with small children in the home. After all, children like buttons and dials and so, without understanding they’re doing anything wrong, they play with them. So, check that the thermostat temperature is not the cause of the warm fridge.

Refrigerator Components to Troubleshoot?

Be sure the vents in the freezer area aren’t blocked with food or containers. This is common since sometimes bags of frozen veggies get pushed in the back of the freezer. There might be food in the way back of a freezer unit that has been forgotten.

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

The Freezer Unit is Cold but the Fridge is Not

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

Every fridge has a set of evaporator coils. These evaporator coils are what gets cold and the fan moves the cool air throughout the unit. The damper control assembly is not working properly. The temperature control board which provides the electricity to the fan and compressor, this probably is not the issue but it’s worth mentioning.

And, the thermistor could be defective, which is a small sensor inside the unit that displays the temperature. Having one of our technicians inspect it is the best solution but these are a few of of the most common issues.