Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

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There are a variety of reasons for why a refrigerator won’t cool. If you would like to spare yourself a little time and burden, give Lawton Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Lawton, OK. We are happy to visit and troubleshoot the cooling issue and fix it for you.

When your refrigerator has lost its cold anymore, it’s time to see what the problem could be. A lot of times it’s something as simple as a routine coil cleaning behind the appliance. But, with latest refrigerators, they’re equipped with various sensors too.

Before we look too deep, we monitor the most typical and easy causes for this issue. Here are some of the things that we have found can lead to a refrigerator that won’t cool:

Is the refrigerator plugged in? This will seem like it is a odd question, but we’ve been called out to jobs that this was the problem. Somehow, it was not plugged in. it’s possible a kid did it, or an electrician while doing a service visit. Whatever the case may be, make sure it’s plugged in.

Check the thermostat inside. This is a common issue for customers with children in their house. After all, kids are fascinated with dials and buttons and so, without knowing they’re doing something bad, they play with them. So, check that the thermostat setting isn’t the cause of the warm refrigerator.

Which Refrigerator Components to Inspect?

Be sure the vents inside of the freezer area aren’t blocked with food or boxes. This is very common because frozen veggies get jammed in the back of the freezer. There might be food in the very 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 do this, unplug the refrigerator and slide it out from the kitchen wall. The fan for most models is just at the bottom of the appliance or somewhere in the back of the freezer unit. A lot of times, customers do not think to clean this area of the fridge. But, it’s very important to clean it. And, it builds up with dust and fuzz quickly, especially with homes that have pets. So, get a clean rag and clean the collected dust out of the coils and cooling fan.

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

The Freezer is Cold but the Refrigerator is Not

There are many causes for a refrigerator not cooling after these obvious ones to take a look at if your freezer is cold but the refrigerator is not. The evaporator coils are frosted over. This occurs if there’s a failure in the defrost heating system. Or when the automatic defrost experiences an issue. The evaporator fan motor is another reason.

Every refrigerator has a pair of evaporator coils. These coils are what gets cold and then the fan circulates the cool air throughout the appliance. The damper control assembly working properly. The temperature control board that provides the electricity to the compressor and fan, this isn’t likely the issue but it’s worth troubleshooting.

And, the thermistor might be defective, which is a tiny sensor within the appliance that displays the temperature. Having one of our technicians inspect it is the best solution but these are a few of of the most typical problems.