Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

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There are several reasons why a refrigerator is not cooling. If you would like to spare yourself a little time and hassle, give Rhodes Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Massachusetts. We are happy to visit and diagnose the cooling problem as well as correct it for you.

When a refrigerator isn’t cold, it is time to see what the problem is. Most times it’s something as simple as a routine coil cleaning behind the refrigerator. However, with these latest models of refrigerators, they’re manufactured with a variety of sensors as well.

Before we investigate further, we monitor the most typical and simple reasons for this issue. Here are a couple of issues that we have determined lead to a refrigerator not cooling:

Is the cord plugged into an electrical outlet? This may seem like it is a silly question, but we have been hired for appointments that this was the reason for the issue. Somehow, the refrigerator was not plugged in. it’s possible a child or pet did it, or an electrician doing a project. Whatever the case may be, be sure it’s plugged in.

Check the thermostat inside of the unit. This is a typical issue for families with children in the home. After all, children are fascinated with buttons and dials and so, without understanding they are doing anything wrong, they mess with them. So, be sure that the thermostat temperature isn’t the reason for the warm fridge.

Which Refrigerator Parts to Troubleshoot?

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

Be sure the refrigerator’s condenser cooling fan is clear and clean of debris. To be sure, unplug the fridge and slide it out from the wall. The fan for many models is right at the bottom or in the back of the freezer portion. Often times, customers do not think about cleaning 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 cats and dogs. So, grab a clean rag and get the collected 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 into the wall and see if the cooling fan moves.

The Freezer is Cold but the Fridge Isn’t

There are many causes for a refrigerator not cooling after these more common ones to take a look at if the freezer is cold but your refrigerator isn’t. The evaporator coils are frosted over. This happens if there’s a failure in the defrost system. Or if the automatic defrost has a problem. The evaporator fan motor can be another cause.

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

And, the thermistor could be defective, which is a little sensor within the unit that displays the temperature. Having one of our repairmen look at it is the best course of action but these are some of the most typical problems.