Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

refrigerator too warm

There are many reasons a refrigerator is not cooling. If you want to spare yourself some time and inconvenience, give Legacy League City Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in League City, TX. We’re happy to come out and diagnose the cooling issue as well as repair it for you.

When your refrigerator has lost its cold, it’s time to see what the issue is. A lot of times it is something as basic as a routine coil cleaning. But, with modern models of refrigerators, they’re manufactured with various sensors as well.

Before we investigate further, we monitor the most typical and common reasons for this problem. Here are a few of issues that we have determined can lead to a refrigerator that won’t cool:

Is the refrigerator plugged in? This may seem like it’s a silly question, but we have been hired for appointments that this was the reason for the issue. For some reason, the refrigerator was not plugged in. Maybe a a pet unplugged it, or an electrician during a service visit. Whatever the cause might be, make sure it’s plugged in.

Check the thermostat inside. This is a very typical issue for families with small children in the house. After all, kids are fascinated with buttons and dials and so, without understanding they’re doing anything wrong, they mess with them. So, check that the thermostat setting isn’t the cause of the warm refrigerator.

Which Refrigerator Parts to Troubleshoot?

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

Check that the refrigerator’s condenser cooling fan is clean and clear of all debris. To be sure, unplug the fridge and pull it out from the wall. The cooling fan for several models is just at the bottom or somewhere in the back part of the freezer section. Many times, homeowner do not 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 houses that have cats and dogs. So, grab 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 all clean, plug it into the outlet and notice if the fan moves.

The Freezer Unit is Cold but the Refrigerator Isn’t

There are many causes for a refrigerator not cooling after these obvious ones to take a look at if the freezer is cool but your refrigerator isn’t. The evaporator coils are frosted over. This happens when there’s a failure in the defrost system. Or the automatic defrost experiences an issue. The evaporator fan motor is another reason.

Every refrigerator has a set of evaporator coils. These coils are what gets cold and then the fan circulates the cold air throughout the appliance. The damper control assembly working the right way. The temperature control board that carries the electricity to the fan and compressor, this is not likely the problem but it is worth mentioning.

And, the thermistor could be defective, which is a small sensor within the appliance that tells the temperature. Having one of our repairmen inspect it is the best course of action but these are some of the most typical problems.