Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

There are a few reasons a refrigerator will not cool. If you want to save yourself some time and inconvenience, give Fast Fall River Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Fall River, MA. We are eager to come out and diagnose the cooling problem and fix it for you.

When your refrigerator is not cold anymore, it is time to see what the issue might be. Often times it’s something as basic as a good coil cleaning. But, with new refrigerators, they are manufactured with a variety of sensors too.

Before we look too deep, we inspect the most typical and easy causes for this problem. Here are some things that we have determined lead to a refrigerator not cooling:

Is it plugged into an electrical outlet? This might seem like it’s a odd question, but we’ve been called out to appointments that this was the problem. For some reason, it was not plugged in. Maybe a child or pet did it, or an electrician while doing a project. Whatever the case might be, make sure it is plugged in.

Check the thermostat inside of the refrigerator. This is a typical problem for families with small children in the home. After all, kids like buttons and dials and so, without understanding they’re doing anything wrong, they play with them. So, check that the thermostat setting is not the reason for the warm fridge.

Refrigerator Components to Inspect?

Be sure all of the vents inside of the freezer area are not blocked with food or boxes. This is common because sometimes frozen veggies get stuck in the back. There can be food in the very back of a freezer unit that has long been forgotten.

Be sure the condenser cooling fan is clear and clean of all debris. To do this, unplug the refrigerator and slide it out from the wall. The fan for many models is just at the bottom of the appliance or in the back of the freezer unit. A lot of times, people do not think to clean this section of the refrigerator. But, it’s important to keep it clean. And, it fills up with fuzz and dust quickly, especially in homes that have pets. So, get a rag and clean the dust out of the coils and fan.

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

The Freezer is Cold but the Refrigerator Isn’t

There are several causes for a refrigerator that won’t cool after these more common ones to start to take a look at if your freezer is cold but the fridge isn’t. The evaporator coils have frost on them. This happens when there is a failure in the defrost system. Or when the automatic defrost experiences an issue. The evaporator fan motor is another cause.

Every refrigerator has a set of evaporator coils. These coils are what cool and then the fan moves the cold air around inside the appliance. The damper control assembly working properly. The temperature control board which transports the electricity to the fan and compressor, this probably is not the issue but it is worth mentioning.

And, the thermistor might be defective, which is a little sensor within the unit that displays the temperature. Having one of our technicians inspect it is the best option but these are a few of of the most common problems.