Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

There are several reasons a refrigerator is not cooling. If you want to save yourself a little time and hassle, give Solis Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Orlando, FL. We’re eager to come out and diagnose the cooling issue and fix it for you.

When a refrigerator isn’t cold, it’s time to see what the problem is. Most times it’s something as basic as a routine coil cleaning. But, with these modern refrigerators, they’re manufactured with a variety of sensors too.

Before we look too deep, we look at the most common and easy causes for this problem. Here are a few of issues that we have found can lead to a refrigerator that won’t cool:

Is the refrigerator plugged in? This may seem like a odd question, but we’ve been hired for appointments 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 doing a service visit. Whatever the case might be, make sure the refrigerator is plugged in.

Look at the thermostat inside. This is a typical problem for those with children in their house. After all, kids are fascinated with dials and buttons and so, without knowing they are doing anything wrong, they play with them. So, be sure that the thermostat temperature isn’t the reason for the warm refrigerator.

Which Refrigerator Components to Inspect?

Check that each of the vents inside of the freezer area are not blocked with containers or food. This is common because bags of frozen veggies get jammed in the back. There can be food in the way back of a freezer unit that has long been forgotten.

Be sure the condenser cooling fan is clean and clear of debris. To be sure, unplug the fridge and pull it out from the wall. The cooling fan for most models is right at the bottom or in the back of the freezer portion. Often times, homeowner do not think about cleaning this area of the refrigerator. But, it is very important to clean it. And, it builds up with dust and fuzz quickly, especially with homes that have dogs and cats. So, grab a clean rag and get the collected dust out of the coils and fan.

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

The Freezer is Cold but the Refrigerator is Not

There are many causes for a refrigerator not cooling after these more common ones to take a look at if your freezer is cool but the refrigerator is not. The evaporator coils have frost on them. This happens if there’s a malfunction in the defrost system. Or if the automatic defrost experiences a problem. The evaporator fan motor is another cause.

Every fridge has a pair of evaporator coils. These coils are what cool and then the fan circulates the cool air around inside the unit. The damper control assembly working properly. The temperature control board that provides the electricity to the compressor and fan, this probably is not the problem but it’s worth troubleshooting.

And, the thermistor could be malfunctioning, which is a small sensor within the appliance that tells the temperature. Having one of our repairmen inspect it is the best solution but these are a few of of the most common problems.

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