Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?


refrigerator not coldThere are a few reasons for why a refrigerator will not cool. If you would like to save yourself a little time and inconvenience, give Action Mansfield Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Mansfield, TX. We’re happy to come out and troubleshoot the cooling issue and repair it for you.

When your refrigerator isn’t cold anymore, it’s time to figure out what the issue could be. Often times it is something as basic as a routine coil cleaning behind the appliance. However, with latest models of refrigerators, they are equipped with a variety of sensors as well.

Before we investigate further, we inspect the most typical and easy causes for this issue. Here are a couple of of the issues that we’ve found can lead to a refrigerator that will not cool:

Is the refrigerator plugged into an outlet? This might seem like it is a funny question, but we’ve been hired for appointments that this was the reason for the problem. For some reason, the refrigerator was unplugged. Maybe a a pet unplugged it, or an electrician during a project. Whatever the cause might be, make sure it is plugged in.

Look at the thermostat inside of the appliance. This is a very typical problem for customers with children in the house. After all, kids like dials and buttons and so, without understanding they are doing anything wrong, they play with them. So, be sure that the thermostat temperature isn’t the cause of the warm fridge.

Refrigerator Components to Troubleshoot?

Check that all of the vents inside the freezer area aren’t blocked with containers or food. This is common because sometimes bags of frozen veggies get pushed in the back of the freezer. There can be food in the way back of a freezer that has been forgotten about.

Check that the condenser cooling fan is clear and clean of all debris. To be sure, unplug the fridge and pull it away from the kitchen wall. The cooling fan for many models is right at the bottom of the appliance or somewhere in the back part of the freezer portion. A lot of times, customers do not think to clean this area of the refrigerator. But, it is important to keep it clean. And, it builds up with dust and fuzz quickly, especially with houses that have cats and dogs. So, get a clean rag and clean the dust out of the coils and fan.

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

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 start to check if the freezer is cool but your refrigerator is not. The evaporator coils are frosted over. This occurs when there’s a failure in the defrost system. Or when the automatic defrost has an issue. The evaporator fan motor can be another cause.

Every refrigerator has a set of evaporator coils. These coils are what cool and the fan moves the cold air around inside the unit. The damper control assembly working correctly. The temperature control board which transports the electricity to the fan and compressor, this probably isn’t the problem but it’s worth troubleshooting.

And, the thermistor might be malfunctioning, which is a little sensor inside the appliance that displays the temperature. Having one of our repairmen look at it is the best option but these are some of the most common issues.