Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

There are a few reasons a refrigerator isn’t cooling. If you would like to save yourself a little time and inconvenience, give Best Boca Raton Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Boca Raton, FL. We’re eager to come out and troubleshoot the cooling problem and correct it for you.

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

Before we investigate further, we monitor the most typical and easy reasons for this problem. Here are some things that we’ve determined can lead to a refrigerator that won’t cool:

Is the refrigerator plugged into an electrical outlet? This will seem like a silly question, but we’ve been called out to appointments that this was the reason for the issue. For some reason, the refrigerator was unplugged. Maybe a a pet unplugged it, or an electrician during a service visit. Whatever the case might be, make sure it’s plugged in.

Check the thermostat inside of the appliance. This is a very common problem for those with children in their house. After all, children love buttons and dials and so, without knowing they’re doing anything bad, they mess with them. So, be sure that the thermostat setting isn’t the reason for the warm fridge.

Refrigerator Components to Inspect?

Check that the vents inside the freezer area are not blocked with containers or food. This is very common because sometimes frozen vegetables get jammed in the back of the freezer. There can be food in the back of a freezer unit that has long been forgotten.

Check that the condenser cooling fan is clear and clean of debris. To check this, unplug the fridge and pull it away from the wall. The cooling fan for most models is right at the bottom of the appliance or somewhere in the back part of the freezer portion. Often times, people do not think to clean this section of the fridge. But, it is important to clean it. 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 built-up dust out of the refrigerator coils and cooling fan.

This is not a suggestion for refrigerators that have the back coil system. Once all clean, plug it back into the wall and see if the cooling fan moves.

The Freezer Unit is Cold but the Fridge Isn’t

There are several reasons for a refrigerator that won’t cool after these obvious ones to check if your freezer is cold but your fridge isn’t. The evaporator coils are frosted over. This occurs because there is a failure in the defrost system. Or if the automatic defrost has an issue. The evaporator fan motor can be another reason.

Every fridge has a pair of evaporator coils. These coils are what gets cold and the fan moves the cold air throughout the appliance. The damper control assembly isn’t working correctly. The temperature control board which transports the electricity to the fan and compressor, this is not likely the issue but it is worth mentioning.

And, the thermistor could be defective, which is a tiny sensor in the appliance that displays the temperature. Having one of our technicians look at it is the best course of action but these are a few of of the most common issues.

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