Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

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There are several reasons for why a refrigerator won’t cool. If you want to save yourself a little time and inconvenience, give Shine Sunrise Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Sunrise, FL. We are eager to come out and diagnose the cooling problem and repair it for you.

When your refrigerator has lost its cold, it is time to figure out what the problem is. A lot of times it is something as simple as a good coil cleaning. However, with new refrigerators, they are manufactured with a variety of sensors as well.

Before we look too deep, we inspect the most typical and simple reasons for this issue. Here are a couple of of the issues that we’ve determined can lead to a refrigerator not cooling:

Is the refrigerator plugged into an electrical outlet? This will seem like a odd question, but we have been hired for jobs that this was the problem. Somehow, it was not plugged in. it’s possible a a pet unplugged it, or an electrician during a service visit. Whatever the reason might be, be sure it’s plugged in.

Check the thermostat inside of the refrigerator. This is a very typical problem for anyone with children in their home. After all, children love buttons and dials and so, without understanding they are doing something wrong, they play with them. So, check that the thermostat temperature isn’t the cause of the warm refrigerator.

Refrigerator Parts to Troubleshoot?

Check that each of the vents in the freezer aren’t 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 very back of a freezer that has been forgotten.

Check that the refrigerator’s condenser cooling fan is clean and clear of all debris. To check this, unplug the refrigerator and pull it away from the wall. The fan for several models is right at the bottom or in the back part of the freezer section. A lot of times, customers don’t think about cleaning this area of the appliance. But, it’s important to keep it clean. And, it fills up with dust and fuzz quickly, especially in houses that have cats and dogs. So, grab a clean rag and clean the built-up dust out of the coils and fan.

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

The Freezer Unit is Cold but the Refrigerator Isn’t

There are many causes for a refrigerator not cooling after these obvious ones to check if the freezer is cool but the refrigerator is not. The evaporator coils are frosted over. This happens if there is a failure in the defrost system. Or if the automatic defrost has an issue. 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 moves the cool air throughout the appliance. The damper control assembly working properly. The temperature control board which carries the electricity to the fan and compressor, this is not likely the problem but it’s worth troubleshooting.

And, the thermistor might be malfunctioning, which is a tiny sensor in the appliance that tells the temperature. Having one of our repairmen look at it is the best solution but these are a few of of the most typical issues.