Why Is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

There are a few reasons a refrigerator will not cool. If you want to spare yourself a little time and hassle, give Ready Reno Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Reno, Nevada. Our technicians are happy to visit and diagnose the cooling problem and fix it for you.

When your refrigerator is not cold, it’s time to see what the issue is. A lot of times it is something as simple as a good coil cleaning. However, with these modern refrigerators, they’re equipped with various sensors too.

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

Is the cord plugged into an electrical outlet? This may seem like a funny question, but we have been called out to jobs that this was the reason for the issue. Somehow, it was not plugged in. it’s possible a a pet unplugged it, or an electrician while doing a service visit. Whatever the cause might be, be sure the refrigerator is plugged in.

Check the thermostat inside. This is a common issue for families with small children in the home. After all, kids love buttons and dials and so, without understanding they are doing anything bad, they play with them. So, be sure that the thermostat temperature isn’t the cause of the warm refrigerator.

Refrigerator Components to Inspect?

Be sure all of the vents inside of the freezer area aren’t blocked with containers or food. This is common since frozen vegetables get stuck in the back. There can be food in the way back of a freezer unit that has long been forgotten.

Check that the refrigerator’s condenser cooling fan is clean and clear of all debris. To be sure, unplug the refrigerator and pull it out from the kitchen wall. The fan for many models is right at the bottom or somewhere in the back of the freezer unit. Often times, customers don’t think to clean this section of the refrigerator. But, it’s important to keep it clean. And, it clogs up with fuzz and dust quickly, especially in homes that have dogs and cats. So, find a clean 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 everything is clean, plug it back into the outlet and see if the cooling fan moves.

The Freezer is Cold but the Fridge Isn’t

There are many reasons for a refrigerator not cooling after these more common ones to start to check if the freezer is cool but the refrigerator isn’t. The evaporator coils have frost on them. This occurs because there’s a failure in the defrost heating system. Or when the automatic defrost has an issue. The evaporator fan motor is another reason.

Every refrigerator has a set of evaporator coils. These coils are what cool and the fan circulates the cool air throughout the appliance. The damper control assembly is not working correctly. The temperature control board that provides the electricity to the fan and compressor, this probably isn’t the issue but it’s worth mentioning.

And, the thermistor might be defective, which is a small sensor inside the appliance that tells the temperature. Having one of our technicians look at it is the best solution but these are some of the most typical issues.