Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

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There are several reasons for why a refrigerator will not cool. If you want to save yourself some time and inconvenience, give Anytime Arlington Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Arlington, TX. We’re eager to come out and troubleshoot the problem as well as correct it for you.

When a refrigerator has lost its cold anymore, it is time to determine what the problem might be. Often times it is something as simple as a good coil cleaning behind the refrigerator. However, with modern models of refrigerators, they are equipped with a variety of sensors too.

Before we investigate further, we monitor the most common and easy causes for this problem. Here are a few of of the things that we have found lead to a refrigerator that will not cool:

Is the refrigerator plugged in? This will seem like a funny question, but we’ve been hired for appointments that this was the problem. For some reason, the refrigerator was not plugged in. Maybe a a pet unplugged it, or an electrician while doing a project. Whatever the reason might be, be sure it’s plugged in.

Look at the thermostat inside of the appliance. This is a very common problem for anyone with small children in the home. After all, kids love buttons and dials and so, without knowing they are doing something wrong, they play with them. So, be sure that the thermostat setting isn’t the cause of the warm refrigerator.

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Check that the vents inside the freezer are not blocked with food or containers. This is common because sometimes frozen veggies get stuck in the back of the freezer. There could be food in the way back of a freezer unit that has been forgotten.

Check that the refrigerator’s condenser cooling fan is clean and clear of all debris. To be sure, unplug the refrigerator and pull it out from the wall. The fan for many models is right at the bottom of the appliance or somewhere in the back of the freezer unit. Often times, homeowner do not think to clean this section of the refrigerator. 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 rag and get the dust out of the coils and fan.

This is not a suggestion for refrigerators that have the rear coil system. Once everything is clean, plug it into the outlet and see if the fan spins.

The Freezer Unit is Cold but the Fridge Isn’t

There are many reasons for a refrigerator not cooling after these more common ones to check if your freezer is cold but the fridge isn’t. The evaporator coils have frost on them. This occurs if there’s a malfunction in the defrost heating system. Or the automatic defrost experiences an issue. The evaporator fan motor is another reason.

Every refrigerator has a set of evaporator coils. These coils are what cool and the fan moves the cool air throughout the unit. The damper control assembly is not working the right way. The temperature control board that provides the electricity to the compressor and fan, this is not likely the problem but it’s worth troubleshooting.

And, the thermistor could be malfunctioning, which is a small 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 issues.