Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

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There are a variety of reasons a refrigerator will not cool. If you want to spare yourself a little time and burden, give A+ Aurora Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Aurora, IL. We are eager to visit and troubleshoot the problem and fix it for you.

When a refrigerator is not cold, it’s time to see what the issue might be. A lot of times it is something as common as a routine coil cleaning. However, with these modern refrigerators, they are equipped with various sensors too.

Before we investigate further, we inspect the most common and easy causes for this problem. Here are a few of of the things that we’ve found can lead to a refrigerator that won’t cool:

Is the refrigerator plugged in? This will seem like it’s a odd question, but we’ve been called out to appointments that this was the issue. For some reason, the refrigerator was not plugged in. it’s possible a child or pet unplugged it, or an electrician doing a service visit. Whatever the reason may be, make sure the refrigerator is plugged in.

Look at the thermostat inside. This is a very common problem for families with small children in their home. After all, children are fascinated with dials and buttons and so, without understanding they are doing anything bad, they mess with them. So, check that the thermostat temperature isn’t the reason for the warm fridge.

Refrigerator Parts to Troubleshoot?

Be sure each of the vents inside the freezer area are not blocked with containers or food. This is very common because sometimes bags of frozen veggies get jammed in the back. There could be food in the very back of a freezer unit that has been forgotten about.

Be sure the refrigerator’s condenser cooling fan is clear and clean of all debris. To do this, unplug the refrigerator and slide it out from the kitchen wall. The cooling fan for most models is right at the bottom or in the back part of the freezer section. Many times, people don’t think about cleaning this area of the appliance. But, it is important to keep it clean. And, it clogs up with dust and fuzz quickly, especially with homes that have dogs and cats. So, find a rag and get the collected dust out of the refrigerator coils and cooling fan.

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

The Freezer is Cold but the Refrigerator Isn’t

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

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

And, the thermistor could be malfunctioning, which is a small sensor inside the appliance that tells the temperature. Having one of our technicians inspect it is the best solution but these are a few of of the most common problems.