Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

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There are many reasons why a refrigerator is not cooling. If you would like to spare yourself a little time and inconvenience, give Anytime Ann Arbor Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Ann Arbor, MI. We are happy to visit and diagnose the cooling issue and correct it for you.

When a refrigerator has lost its cold anymore, it’s time to see what the issue could be. A lot of times it’s something as basic as a good coil cleaning behind the refrigerator. However, with latest fridges, they are equipped with various sensors as well.

Before we look too deep, we inspect the most typical and easy causes for this issue. Here are a couple of issues that we have determined can lead to a refrigerator that won’t cool:

Is it plugged in? This may seem like it is a odd question, but we’ve been hired for appointments that this was the issue. Somehow, the refrigerator was unplugged. Maybe a kid did it, or an electrician during a project. Whatever the reason may be, make sure the refrigerator is plugged in.

Look at the thermostat inside of the unit. This is a very typical issue for families with small children in the house. After all, children like dials and buttons and so, without knowing they’re doing something bad, they play with them. So, be sure that the thermostat temperature isn’t the cause of the warm fridge.

Which Refrigerator Parts to Troubleshoot?

Be sure the vents inside the freezer are not blocked with food or containers. This is common because frozen veggies get jammed in the back of the freezer. There could be food in the very back of a freezer unit that has been forgotten about.

Check that the refrigerator’s condenser cooling fan is clean and clear of debris. To be sure, unplug the fridge and slide it away from the kitchen wall. The fan for several models is just at the bottom or in the back of the freezer unit. Often times, people do not think about cleaning this section of the fridge. But, it’s important to clean it. And, it clogs up with dust and fuzz quickly, especially in homes that have cats and dogs. So, grab a rag and clean the collected dust out of the refrigerator coils and cooling fan.

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

The Freezer Unit is Cold but the Refrigerator is Not

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 happens if there is a malfunction in the defrost heating system. Or if the automatic defrost experiences a problem. The evaporator fan motor can be another reason.

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

And, the thermistor might be malfunctioning, which is a tiny sensor in the appliance that tells the temperature. Having one of our repairmen look at it is the best course of action but these are a few of of the most typical issues.