Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

There are a variety of reasons a refrigerator is not cooling. If you would like to spare yourself some time and burden, give Providence Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Providence, RI. We are happy to come out and troubleshoot the problem and repair it for you.

When a refrigerator is not cold, it is time to see what the issue could be. Often times it’s something as basic as a routine coil cleaning. But, with modern fridges, they’re equipped with a variety of sensors as well.

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

Is it plugged in? This may seem like it is a funny question, but we have been hired for appointments that this was the reason for the problem. For some reason, it was not plugged in. it’s possible a kid unplugged it, or an electrician doing a project. Whatever the cause may be, make sure it is plugged in.

Check the thermostat inside of the unit. This is a common issue for customers with children in the home. After all, children like buttons and dials and so, without understanding they’re doing something wrong, they play with them. So, be sure that the thermostat setting isn’t the reason for the warm refrigerator.

Which Refrigerator Parts to Inspect?

Be sure the vents in the freezer aren’t blocked with boxes or food. This is common since frozen vegetables get jammed in the back of the freezer. There might be food in the back of a freezer that has been forgotten about.

Be sure the condenser cooling fan is clean and clear of all debris. To do this, unplug the fridge and slide it away from the wall. The fan for most models is just at the bottom of the appliance or in the back part of the freezer portion. A lot of times, people don’t think to clean this area of the refrigerator. But, it is important to keep it clean. And, it fills up with dust and fuzz quickly, especially with homes that have pets. So, find a clean rag and get the collected dust out of the coils and cooling fan.

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

The Freezer Unit is Cold but the Fridge Isn’t

There are several reasons for a refrigerator not cooling after these more common ones to start to take a look at if your freezer is cold but the fridge isn’t. The evaporator coils are frosted over. This occurs when there’s a malfunction in the defrost heating system. Or if the automatic defrost experiences a problem. The evaporator fan motor is another cause.

Every fridge has a set of evaporator coils. These coils are what cool and then the fan circulates the cold air throughout the unit. The damper control assembly working the right way. The temperature control board which carries the electricity to the fan and compressor, this probably is not the issue but it is worth troubleshooting.

And, the thermistor might be malfunctioning, which is a little sensor within the unit that tells the temperature. Having one of our repairmen inspect it is the best course of action but these are some of the most common problems.