Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

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There are a lot of reasons why a refrigerator won’t cool. If you want to save yourself some time and hassle, give Prime Henderson Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Henderson, NV. We are happy to come out and troubleshoot the cooling problem and correct it for you.

When a refrigerator is not cold anymore, it’s time to see what the problem might be. Often times it’s something as simple as a routine coil cleaning. However, with these latest models of refrigerators, they’re equipped with various sensors too.

Before we look too deep, we inspect the most typical and easy causes for this issue. Here are a couple of of the issues that we’ve found lead to a refrigerator that won’t cool:

Is the cord plugged in? This might seem like it is a funny question, but we’ve been called out to appointments that this was the issue. For some reason, the refrigerator was unplugged. Maybe a a pet unplugged it, or an electrician while doing a project. Whatever the case might be, be sure it is plugged in.

Look at the thermostat inside of the unit. This is a very common problem for anyone with small children in the house. After all, kids like dials and buttons and so, without knowing they are doing something wrong, they mess with them. So, be sure that the thermostat temperature is not the cause of the warm refrigerator.

Refrigerator Parts to Troubleshoot?

Be sure all of the vents inside of the freezer area aren’t blocked with food or boxes. This is common because frozen veggies get jammed in the back of the freezer. There might be food in the back of a freezer unit that has been forgotten.

Check that the condenser cooling fan is clean and clear of all debris. To check this, unplug the fridge and pull it away from the wall. The cooling fan for several models is right at the bottom or somewhere in the back of the freezer portion. Many times, homeowner do not think about cleaning this area of the appliance. But, it’s very important to keep it clean. And, it piles up with fuzz and dust quickly, especially in homes that have cats and dogs. So, grab a rag and clean the built-up dust out of the refrigerator coils and fan.

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

The Freezer is Cold but the Refrigerator is Not

There are a few more causes for a refrigerator not cooling after these obvious ones to start to check if the freezer is cool but the fridge is not. The evaporator coils have frost on them. This happens if there’s a failure 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 gets cold and the fan pushes the cool air throughout the appliance. The damper control assembly working the right way. The temperature control board that provides the electricity to the compressor and fan, this probably isn’t the problem but it’s worth mentioning.

And, the thermistor could be malfunctioning, which is a little sensor in the appliance that displays the temperature. Having one of our technicians inspect it is the best solution but these are a few of of the most typical issues.