Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

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There are several reasons a refrigerator is not cooling. If you would like to spare yourself some time and burden, give Allen Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in South Dakota. We’re happy to come out and diagnose the problem as well as repair it for you.

When your refrigerator has lost its cold anymore, it’s time to see what the problem might be. Most times it is something as common as a good coil cleaning. However, with new refrigerators, they are equipped with various sensors too.

Before we look too deep, we inspect the most typical and common reasons for this issue. Here are a few of things that we’ve determined lead to a refrigerator not cooling:

Is the refrigerator plugged in? This might 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 not plugged in. Maybe a a pet did it, or an electrician while doing a service visit. Whatever the case may be, be sure it’s plugged in.

Check the thermostat inside. This is a very typical problem for families with small children in their home. After all, children love buttons and dials and so, without understanding they’re doing something wrong, they play with them. So, be sure that the thermostat setting isn’t the cause of the warm fridge.

Refrigerator Parts to Inspect?

Check that the vents in the freezer aren’t blocked with food or containers. This is very common since sometimes bags of frozen veggies get stuck in the back. There can be food in the very back of a freezer that has long been forgotten.

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 many models is just at the bottom or somewhere in the back of the freezer unit. A lot of times, homeowner don’t think about cleaning this section of the appliance. But, it is very important to keep it clean. And, it fills up with fuzz and dust quickly, especially in houses that have dogs and cats. So, grab a clean rag and get the built-up dust out of the refrigerator coils and fan.

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

The Freezer is Cold but the Fridge is Not

There are several causes for a refrigerator that won’t cool after these more common ones to start to check if your freezer is cool but your fridge isn’t. The evaporator coils are frosted over. This occurs because there’s a malfunction in the defrost system. Or the automatic defrost has a problem. The evaporator fan motor is another cause.

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

And, the thermistor might be defective, which is a tiny sensor inside 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.