Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

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There are a variety of reasons why a refrigerator isn’t cooling. If you want to spare yourself some time and burden, give All-Pro Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Yonkers, NY. We’re happy to come out and diagnose the issue as well as fix it for you.

When a refrigerator isn’t cold, it is time to figure out what the issue is. A lot of times it is something as common as a routine coil cleaning. But, with these latest models of refrigerators, they are manufactured with a variety of sensors too.

Before we investigate further, we inspect the most typical and easy reasons for this issue. Here are a couple of things that we’ve determined lead to a refrigerator not cooling:

Is it plugged in? This will seem like it’s a silly question, but we’ve been called out to jobs that this was the problem. For some reason, it was unplugged. Maybe a child or pet unplugged it, or an electrician during a project. Whatever the case might be, make sure the refrigerator is plugged in.

Check the thermostat inside. This is a very typical problem for those with small children in the home. After all, children are fascinated with buttons and dials and so, without knowing they are doing anything bad, they play with them. So, be sure that the thermostat temperature is not the reason for the warm fridge.

Refrigerator Components to Inspect?

Check that the vents inside of the freezer are not blocked with food or boxes. This is common since frozen vegetables get jammed in the back. There can be food in the very back of a freezer unit that has been forgotten about.

Be sure the refrigerator’s condenser cooling fan is clean and clear of debris. To check this, unplug the refrigerator and slide it away from the wall. The fan for a lot of models is right at the bottom of the appliance or in the back of the freezer unit. Often times, customers don’t think to clean this section of the appliance. But, it’s very important to clean it. And, it fills up with dust and fuzz quickly, especially in homes that have dogs and cats. So, get a clean rag and get the collected dust out of the refrigerator coils and fan.

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

The Freezer is Cold but the Refrigerator 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 cold but your refrigerator is not. The evaporator coils are frosted over. This occurs because there’s a failure in the defrost system. Or if the automatic defrost has an issue. The evaporator fan motor is another reason.

Every fridge has a set of evaporator coils. These coils are what gets cold and the fan pushes the cold air throughout the appliance. The damper control assembly is not working properly. The temperature control board which transports 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 little sensor within the appliance that tells the temperature. Having one of our technicians inspect it is the best option but these are a few of of the most typical problems.