Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

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There are several reasons why a refrigerator will not cool. If you want to save yourself a little time and hassle, give Magic Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Nebraska. We are happy to visit and diagnose the cooling issue as well as repair it for you.

When a refrigerator has lost its cold, it’s time to figure out what the problem might be. Often times it’s something as simple as a good coil cleaning behind the refrigerator. However, with latest models of refrigerators, they are equipped with various sensors as well.

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

Is the refrigerator plugged in? 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 not plugged in. it’s possible a a pet did it, or an electrician during a project. Whatever the reason may be, make sure it is plugged in.

Check the thermostat inside. This is a common issue for those with small children in their house. After all, children are fascinated with dials and buttons and so, without knowing they’re doing anything bad, they play with them. So, be sure that the thermostat temperature isn’t the cause of the warm fridge.

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Be sure the vents in the freezer area are not blocked with boxes or food. This is very common since sometimes frozen veggies get jammed in the back. There could be food in the back of a freezer that has been forgotten about.

Check that the condenser cooling fan is clean and clear of debris. To check this, unplug the fridge and pull 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 section. A lot of times, customers don’t think about cleaning this section of the appliance. But, it’s very important to keep it clean. And, it clogs up with fuzz and dust quickly, especially with houses that have cats and dogs. So, grab a clean rag and clean the collected dust out of the refrigerator coils and fan.

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

The Freezer Unit is Cold but the Fridge is Not

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

Every refrigerator has a set of evaporator coils. These coils are what gets cold and the fan moves the cold air around inside the appliance. The damper control assembly working properly. The temperature control board which carries the electricity to the compressor and fan, this probably isn’t the problem but it is worth mentioning.

And, the thermistor could be malfunctioning, which is a little sensor within 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 common problems.