Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

refrigerator too warm

There are several reasons for why a refrigerator will not cool. If you would like to save yourself some time and inconvenience, give CRT Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Middletown, NJ. Our technicians are eager to visit and troubleshoot the cooling issue and fix it for you.

When a refrigerator is not cold anymore, it is time to determine what the problem could be. Often times it is something as simple as a routine coil cleaning. But, with these latest fridges, they’re manufactured with various sensors too.

Before we investigate further, we inspect the most common and simple reasons for this issue. Here are some issues that we have determined lead to a refrigerator not cooling:

Is the cord plugged in? This may seem like it is a silly question, but we have been hired for jobs that this was the problem. For some reason, the refrigerator was unplugged. Maybe a child or pet did it, or an electrician during a project. Whatever the reason might be, make sure it is plugged in.

Look at the thermostat inside of the appliance. This is a very common problem for customers with children in their home. After all, kids like dials and buttons 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 refrigerator.

Which Refrigerator Components to Troubleshoot?

Be sure each of the vents in the freezer are not blocked with containers or food. This is common since sometimes bags of frozen vegetables get jammed in the back. There might be food in the back of a freezer that has long been forgotten.

Check that the refrigerator’s condenser cooling fan is clean and clear of all 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 of the freezer unit. Many times, customers don’t think to clean this area of the refrigerator. But, it’s very important to clean it. And, it builds up with fuzz and dust quickly, especially with houses that have pets. So, find a clean rag and clean the collected dust out of the refrigerator coils and fan.

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

The Freezer is Cold but the Refrigerator is Not

There are several causes for a refrigerator not cooling after these more common ones to start to take a look at if the freezer is cool but your refrigerator is not. The evaporator coils have frost on them. This happens because there is a failure in the defrost heating system. Or the automatic defrost has an issue. The evaporator fan motor can be another reason.

Every fridge has a set of evaporator coils. These coils are what cool and then the fan circulates the cool air throughout the appliance. The damper control assembly working the right way. The temperature control board that provides the electricity to the fan and compressor, this is not likely the problem but it’s worth mentioning.

And, the thermistor might be malfunctioning, which is a little sensor in the appliance that displays the temperature. Having one of our repairmen inspect it is the best course of action but these are a few of of the most typical issues.