Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

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There are many reasons a refrigerator won’t cool. If you want to save yourself some time and hassle, give Miller Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in CITY, ST. We are eager to visit and troubleshoot the cooling issue and repair it for you.

When your refrigerator is not cold, it’s time to determine what the issue could be. Most times it’s something as basic as a good coil cleaning. But, with latest models of refrigerators, they are manufactured with various sensors too.

Before we investigate further, we look at the most typical and easy reasons for this problem. Here are a couple of of the things that we have determined lead to a refrigerator not cooling:

Is it plugged into an electrical outlet? This may seem like it is a funny question, but we’ve been called out to appointments that this was the reason for the problem. For some reason, the refrigerator was not plugged in. it’s possible a a pet unplugged it, or an electrician during a project. Whatever the cause may be, make sure it’s plugged in.

Check the thermostat inside. This is a typical problem for families with children in their house. After all, children are fascinated with dials and buttons and so, without understanding they’re doing anything bad, they mess with them. So, be sure that the thermostat temperature isn’t the reason for the warm refrigerator.

Which Refrigerator Components to Inspect?

Check that the vents inside of the freezer aren’t blocked with boxes or food. This is common because sometimes bags of frozen veggies get jammed in the back of the freezer. There could be food in the way back of a freezer that has long been forgotten about.

Check that the condenser cooling fan is clean and clear of all debris. To be sure, unplug the refrigerator and slide it out from the kitchen wall. The cooling fan for a lot of models is just at the bottom or in the back of the freezer unit. Many times, people do not think to clean this area of the appliance. But, it is important to clean it. And, it fills up with fuzz and dust quickly, especially with homes that have pets. So, grab a clean rag and get the built-up dust out of the coils and fan.

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

The Freezer Unit is Cold but the Refrigerator Isn’t

There are a few more causes for a refrigerator not cooling after these obvious ones to check if the freezer is cool but the fridge isn’t. The evaporator coils are frosted over. This happens if there is a malfunction in the defrost system. Or if the automatic defrost experiences an issue. The evaporator fan motor is another reason.

Every fridge has a set of evaporator coils. These evaporator coils are what gets cold and then the fan pushes the cool air around inside the appliance. The damper control assembly isn’t working correctly. The temperature control board which provides the electricity to the fan and compressor, this probably is not the issue but it is worth mentioning.

And, the thermistor could be defective, which is a tiny sensor inside the unit that displays the temperature. Having one of our technicians inspect it is the best course of action but these are some of the most typical problems.


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