Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

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There are a few reasons for why a refrigerator will not cool. If you want to save yourself some time and hassle, give Prime Parma Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Parma, OH. We’re eager to visit and diagnose the cooling problem as well as correct it for you.

When your refrigerator isn’t cold, it is time to determine what the issue might be. Most times it is something as simple as a good coil cleaning behind the refrigerator. But, with these latest refrigerators, they’re manufactured with various sensors too.

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

Is it plugged in? This may seem like it is a silly question, but we have been called out to appointments that this was the issue. For some reason, the refrigerator 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 the refrigerator is plugged in.

Check the thermostat inside of the refrigerator. This is a typical issue for those with small children in their home. After all, kids love buttons and dials and so, without knowing they are doing something wrong, they mess with them. So, check that the thermostat setting is not the reason for the warm fridge.

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Be sure each of the vents inside of the freezer aren’t blocked with boxes or food. This is very common since frozen veggies get jammed in the back. There could 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 check this, unplug the refrigerator and pull it out from the wall. The cooling fan for most models is right at the bottom or somewhere in the back of the freezer portion. Many times, homeowner do not think about cleaning this section of the refrigerator. But, it is important to keep it clean. And, it piles up with dust and fuzz quickly, especially in houses that have cats and dogs. So, find a rag and get the collected dust out of the coils and fan.

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

The Freezer is Cold but the Refrigerator Isn’t

There are many causes for a refrigerator that won’t cool after these obvious ones to take a look at if the freezer is cool but the refrigerator isn’t. The evaporator coils have frost on them. This occurs because there is a malfunction in the defrost system. Or when the automatic defrost has a problem. The evaporator fan motor can be another reason.

Every fridge has a set of evaporator coils. These evaporator coils are what gets cold and the fan pushes the cold air throughout the unit. The damper control assembly is not working properly. The temperature control board that carries the electricity to the compressor and fan, this probably is not the problem but it’s worth mentioning.

And, the thermistor might be defective, which is a tiny sensor in the unit that tells the temperature. Having one of our repairmen look at it is the best solution but these are some of the most common problems.