Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

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There are a lot of reasons a refrigerator isn’t cooling. If you want to spare yourself some time and inconvenience, give A&L Corona Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Corona, NY. We are happy to come out and troubleshoot the cooling issue and repair it for you.

When a refrigerator is not cold anymore, it’s time to figure out what the issue is. Often times it’s something as simple as a routine coil cleaning. But, with these new refrigerators, they’re equipped with a variety of sensors as well.

Before we look too deep, we inspect the most common and simple causes for this problem. Here are a few of of the things that we have found can lead to a refrigerator that will not cool:

Is the refrigerator plugged into an electrical outlet? This may seem like it is a odd question, but we’ve been hired for appointments that this was the problem. For some reason, it was not plugged in. Maybe a child or pet did it, or an electrician doing a project. Whatever the case might be, be sure it is plugged in.

Look at the thermostat inside. This is a common issue for those with children in their house. After all, children love dials and buttons and so, without understanding they are doing something wrong, they mess with them. So, be sure that the thermostat setting is not the reason for the warm refrigerator.

Which Refrigerator Components to Troubleshoot?

Be sure the vents inside of the freezer are not blocked with food or boxes. This is very common since frozen vegetables get pushed in the back. There might be food in the very back of a freezer unit that has been forgotten about.

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

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

The Freezer is Cold but the Refrigerator is Not

There are several causes for a refrigerator not cooling after these more common ones to take a look at if the freezer is cool but your refrigerator is not. The evaporator coils have frost on them. This occurs because there is a malfunction in the defrost system. Or when the automatic defrost experiences a problem. The evaporator fan motor is another cause.

Every refrigerator has a set of evaporator coils. These coils are what cool and then the fan pushes the cool air throughout the appliance. The damper control assembly working the right way. The temperature control board which carries the electricity to the fan and compressor, this probably isn’t the problem but it’s worth troubleshooting.

And, the thermistor might be defective, which is a little sensor in the unit that displays the temperature. Having one of our technicians look at it is the best option but these are some of the most typical issues.