Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

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There are a lot of reasons a refrigerator isn’t cooling. If you would like to spare yourself a little time and hassle, give Prime Nampa Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Nampa, ID. We are eager to come out and diagnose the problem and fix it for you.

When your refrigerator is no longer cold anymore, it is time to figure out what the issue could be. Often times it’s something as basic as a routine coil cleaning. However, with these new refrigerators, they’re equipped with various sensors as well.

Before we investigate further, we inspect the most typical and simple reasons for this problem. Here are a few of things that we have determined lead to a refrigerator that won’t cool:

Is it plugged into an electrical outlet? This may seem like it is a silly question, but we have been hired for appointments that this was the problem. For some reason, it was unplugged. it’s possible a child or pet did it, or an electrician doing a service visit. Whatever the cause may be, make sure it’s plugged in.

Check the thermostat inside. This is a common problem for those with small children in the home. After all, children are fascinated with dials and buttons and so, without knowing they’re doing something bad, they mess with them. So, check that the thermostat temperature isn’t the cause of the warm refrigerator.

Which Refrigerator Parts to Troubleshoot?

Check that all of the vents in the freezer are not blocked with food or containers. This is very common because sometimes frozen vegetables get jammed in the back. There could 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 refrigerator and slide it away from the wall. The fan for most models is right at the bottom of the appliance or somewhere in the back of the freezer portion. A lot of times, people don’t think about cleaning this section of the fridge. But, it’s very important to clean it. And, it piles up with fuzz and dust quickly, especially in houses that have pets. So, find a rag and get the built-up dust out of the refrigerator coils and cooling fan.

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

The Freezer Unit is Cold but the Fridge is Not

There are many reasons for a refrigerator not cooling after these more common ones to take a look at if the freezer is cold but your refrigerator isn’t. The evaporator coils have frost on them. This happens when there is a failure in the defrost system. Or the automatic defrost experiences an issue. The evaporator fan motor can be another cause.

Every fridge has a set of evaporator coils. These coils are what cool and the fan moves the cool air around inside the appliance. The damper control assembly working the right way. The temperature control board which carries the electricity to the compressor and fan, this isn’t likely the issue but it’s worth troubleshooting.

And, the thermistor might be defective, which is a little sensor within the appliance that displays the temperature. Having one of our technicians inspect it is the best option but these are some of the most typical issues.