Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

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There are many reasons a refrigerator won’t cool. If you would like to spare yourself some time and inconvenience, give Garden Grove Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Garden Grove, CA. We’re eager to visit and diagnose the problem as well as correct it for you.

When a refrigerator isn’t cold anymore, it’s time to see what the issue could be. A lot of times it’s something as common as a routine coil cleaning behind the refrigerator. However, with these latest fridges, they’re equipped with various sensors too.

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

Is it plugged in? This might seem like it’s a funny question, but we’ve been hired for appointments that this was the reason for the problem. For some reason, it was not plugged in. Maybe a kid unplugged it, or an electrician doing a service visit. Whatever the case may be, make sure the refrigerator is plugged in.

Look at the thermostat inside. This is a very common issue for customers with children in their home. After all, kids love dials and buttons and so, without knowing they are doing something bad, they mess with them. So, check that the thermostat temperature is not the reason for the warm refrigerator.

Refrigerator Parts to Troubleshoot?

Check that each of the vents in the freezer area aren’t blocked with food or boxes. This is very common since sometimes frozen veggies get stuck in the back. 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 clear and clean of debris. To be sure, unplug the fridge and slide it away from the kitchen wall. The fan for a lot of models is just at the bottom or in the back of the freezer portion. Many times, homeowner do not think to clean this area of the refrigerator. But, it’s important to keep it clean. And, it builds up with fuzz and dust quickly, especially in homes that have pets. So, find a clean rag and clean the dust out of the coils and cooling fan.

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

The Freezer is Cold but the Refrigerator is Not

There are several causes for a refrigerator not cooling after these more common ones to check if the freezer is cool but the fridge is not. The evaporator coils have frost on them. This occurs if there is a failure in the defrost heating system. Or the automatic defrost experiences a problem. The evaporator fan motor can be 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 isn’t working properly. The temperature control board provides the electricity to the fan and compressor, this probably isn’t the issue but it is worth mentioning.

And, the thermistor could be malfunctioning, which is a small sensor within the unit that tells the temperature. Having one of our technicians inspect it is the best option but these are some of the most typical problems.