Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

There are many reasons why a refrigerator won’t cool. If you would like to save yourself a little time and burden, give Kenosha Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Kenosha, WI. We’re happy to come out and diagnose the cooling issue and fix it for you.

When a refrigerator has lost its cold, it is time to determine what the problem is. Often times it is something as basic as a good coil cleaning behind the refrigerator. But, with modern models of refrigerators, they’re equipped with a variety of sensors too.

Before we look too deep, we inspect the most common and easy reasons for this issue. Here are some of the things that we’ve found can lead to a refrigerator not cooling:

Is the cord plugged in? This will seem like it is a silly question, but we’ve been called out to appointments that this was the reason for the problem. For some reason, the refrigerator was unplugged. it’s possible a kid did it, or an electrician during a service visit. Whatever the cause might be, be sure it is plugged in.

Look at the thermostat inside. This is a typical issue for customers with small children in the house. After all, children like dials and buttons and so, without understanding they are doing something wrong, they play with them. So, be sure that the thermostat setting is not the cause of the warm refrigerator.

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Check that each of the vents inside of the freezer aren’t blocked with containers or food. This is very common since sometimes bags of frozen vegetables get jammed in the back of the freezer. There could be food in the back of a freezer unit that has long been forgotten about.

Check that the condenser cooling fan is clear and clean of all debris. To be sure, unplug the fridge and pull it away from the wall. The fan for several models is just at the bottom of the appliance or in the back part of the freezer section. Many times, homeowner don’t think to clean this area of the appliance. But, it is very important to keep it clean. And, it builds up with fuzz and dust quickly, especially in homes that have pets. So, get a rag and clean the collected dust out of the coils and cooling fan.

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

The Freezer is Cold but the Fridge Isn’t

There are several reasons for a refrigerator not cooling after these obvious ones to take a look at if the freezer is cool but the fridge is not. The evaporator coils are frosted over. This occurs if there’s a malfunction in the defrost heating system. Or the automatic defrost has a problem. The evaporator fan motor can be another cause.

Every refrigerator has a pair of evaporator coils. These coils are what cool and the fan pushes 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 is worth mentioning.

And, the thermistor could be defective, which is a tiny 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.

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