Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

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There are many reasons a refrigerator will not cool. If you want to save yourself a little time and hassle, give Shaw Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in CITY, ST. We are happy to visit and diagnose the issue as well as correct it for you.

When your refrigerator is not cold anymore, it’s time to see what the issue is. Often times it is something as common as a routine coil cleaning. However, with new models of refrigerators, they are manufactured with a variety of sensors as well.

Before we look too deep, we inspect the most common and simple reasons for this issue. Here are some things that we’ve determined can lead to a refrigerator that won’t cool:

Is it plugged into an outlet? This will seem like a silly 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 child or pet unplugged it, or an electrician during a project. Whatever the reason might be, make sure it is plugged in.

Look at the thermostat inside of the refrigerator. This is a very common problem for anyone with small children in their house. After all, children are fascinated with buttons and dials and so, without understanding they are doing anything wrong, they mess with them. So, check that the thermostat setting isn’t the cause of the warm refrigerator.

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Check that all of the vents inside of the freezer are not blocked with boxes or food. This is common since frozen veggies get stuck in the back of the freezer. There might be food in the way back of a freezer unit that has been forgotten.

Be sure 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 kitchen wall. The fan for many models is just at the bottom of the appliance or somewhere in the back part of the freezer unit. Many times, people do not think to clean this section of the refrigerator. But, it is important to clean it. And, it clogs up with fuzz and dust quickly, especially with houses that have pets. So, find a rag and clean the built-up dust out of the coils and fan.

This is not suggested for refrigerators that have the back coil system. Once everything is clean, plug it into the wall and monitor if the fan moves.

The Freezer is Cold but the Fridge Isn’t

There are many causes for a refrigerator that won’t cool after these obvious ones to take a look at if your freezer is cold but your refrigerator is not. The evaporator coils are frosted over. This happens because there is a failure in the defrost heating system. Or if the automatic defrost experiences a problem. The evaporator fan motor can be another cause.

Every fridge has a pair of evaporator coils. These coils are what cool and the fan circulates the cool air throughout the unit. The damper control assembly working the right way. The temperature control board that provides the electricity to the compressor and fan, this isn’t likely the problem but it is worth mentioning.

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