Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

There are a variety of reasons a refrigerator won’t cool. If you want to save yourself some time and burden, give Ward Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Atlanta. Our repairmen are eager to come out and troubleshoot the issue and fix it for you.

When your refrigerator isn’t cold anymore, it’s time to determine what the issue is. Often times it is something as simple as a good coil cleaning behind the refrigerator. But, with these new fridges, they are manufactured with various sensors as well.

Before we investigate further, we monitor the most common and common reasons for this issue. Here are a few of issues that we have found can lead to a refrigerator that will not cool:

Is the cord plugged in? This will seem like it’s a odd question, but we have been hired for jobs that this was the issue. Somehow, it was not plugged in. Maybe a a pet did it, or an electrician doing a project. Whatever the cause might be, be sure the refrigerator is plugged in.

Check the thermostat inside. This is a typical issue for customers with children in their house. After all, kids love dials and buttons and so, without understanding they are doing anything wrong, they mess with them. So, check that the thermostat setting is not the cause of the warm fridge.

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Check that the vents inside of the freezer area are not blocked with food or boxes. This is common because frozen vegetables get pushed in the back of the freezer. There could be food in the back of a freezer unit that has long been forgotten about.

Be sure the refrigerator’s condenser cooling fan is clean and clear of all debris. To be sure, unplug the fridge and pull it away from the kitchen wall. The fan for a lot of models is just at the bottom or somewhere in the back part of the freezer portion. Often times, people don’t think about cleaning this section of the appliance. But, it is important to keep it clean. And, it fills up with dust and fuzz quickly, especially in homes that have cats and dogs. So, get a rag and get the dust out of the refrigerator coils and fan.

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

The Freezer Unit is Cold but the Refrigerator Isn’t

There are several reasons for a refrigerator that won’t cool after these obvious ones to check if your freezer is cool but the fridge is not. The evaporator coils have frost on them. This happens because there’s a failure in the defrost heating system. Or if the automatic defrost has an issue. The evaporator fan motor is another reason.

Every fridge has a set of evaporator coils. These evaporator coils are what cool and the fan pushes the cool air throughout the unit. The damper control assembly isn’t working the right way. The temperature control board transports the electricity to the compressor and fan, this probably is not the issue but it’s worth mentioning.

And, the thermistor could be defective, which is a little sensor inside the unit that tells the temperature. Having one of our repairmen inspect it is the best solution but these are a few of of the most typical problems.

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