Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

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There are many reasons for why a refrigerator won’t cool. If you want to spare yourself some time and hassle, give Crown Pomona Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Pomona, CA. Our repairmen are happy to come out and diagnose the problem and correct it for you.

When your refrigerator is no longer cold, it is time to see what the issue is. Most times it’s something as simple as a good coil cleaning. But, with modern refrigerators, they’re manufactured with various sensors too.

Before we look too deep, we look at the most common and easy causes for this issue. Here are a couple of of the things that we have determined can lead to a refrigerator that will not cool:

Is the refrigerator plugged into an outlet? This will seem like it’s a odd question, but we have been hired for jobs that this was the problem. For some reason, it was unplugged. it’s possible a kid unplugged it, or an electrician while doing a project. Whatever the case may be, be sure it is plugged in.

Look at the thermostat inside. This is a very typical issue for families with small children in the home. After all, children like buttons and dials and so, without knowing they’re doing something bad, they mess with them. So, check that the thermostat temperature isn’t the reason for the warm fridge.

Which Refrigerator Parts to Inspect?

Check that each of the vents inside the freezer aren’t blocked with food or containers. This is very common because sometimes frozen vegetables get stuck in the back. There might be food in the back of a freezer that has been forgotten.

Be sure the refrigerator’s condenser cooling fan is clean and clear of debris. To check this, unplug the refrigerator and pull it out from the wall. The fan for most models is right at the bottom of the appliance or somewhere in the back of the freezer unit. Many times, people do not think about cleaning this area of the fridge. But, it’s very important to keep it clean. And, it fills up with fuzz and dust quickly, especially in houses that have pets. So, find a clean rag and clean the built-up dust out of the coils and fan.

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

The Freezer Unit is Cold but the Fridge is Not

There are a few more reasons for a refrigerator that won’t cool after these more common ones to check if your freezer is cold but your fridge is not. The evaporator coils are frosted over. This occurs when there’s a failure in the defrost system. Or 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 cool and the fan moves the cold air around inside the unit. The damper control assembly working correctly. The temperature control board which carries the electricity to the compressor and fan, this probably isn’t the issue but it’s worth mentioning.

And, the thermistor might be malfunctioning, which is a tiny sensor within the unit that tells the temperature. Having one of our technicians look at it is the best course of action but these are some of the most common issues.