Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

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There are several reasons for why a refrigerator is not cooling. If you want to spare yourself a little time and inconvenience, give Metro Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Maryland. We are happy to come out and diagnose the cooling problem and repair it for you.

When your refrigerator is no longer cold anymore, it’s time to determine what the issue is. Often times it’s something as basic as a good coil cleaning. However, with new fridges, they are equipped with a variety of sensors as well.

Before we investigate further, we look at the most typical and simple reasons for this problem. Here are a couple of of the things that we have found can lead to a refrigerator that won’t cool:

Is the cord plugged into an electrical outlet? This may seem like it is a funny question, but we have been called out to appointments that this was the issue. For some reason, it was not plugged in. it’s possible a kid unplugged it, or an electrician during a project. Whatever the reason may be, be sure the refrigerator is plugged in.

Check the thermostat inside. This is a very common issue for anyone with small children in the home. After all, kids love buttons and dials and so, without knowing they are doing anything bad, they mess with them. So, check that the thermostat temperature is not the reason for the warm refrigerator.

Refrigerator Components to Inspect?

Be sure all of the vents inside of the freezer are not blocked with food or containers. This is common because sometimes bags of frozen vegetables get pushed in the back. There might be food in the very back of a freezer that has been forgotten.

Be sure the refrigerator’s condenser cooling fan is clean and clear of all debris. To do this, unplug the refrigerator and pull it out from the kitchen wall. The cooling fan for most models is right at the bottom or somewhere in the back part of the freezer portion. Many times, homeowner don’t think to clean this area of the appliance. But, it is important to clean it. And, it builds up with fuzz and dust quickly, especially with houses that have dogs and cats. So, grab a rag and get the dust out of the refrigerator coils and fan.

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

The Freezer is Cold but the Refrigerator is Not

There are several causes for a refrigerator that won’t cool after these obvious ones to take a look at if your freezer is cool but your fridge is not. The evaporator coils have frost on them. This occurs because there’s a malfunction in the defrost system. Or when the automatic defrost experiences an issue. The evaporator fan motor can be another reason.

Every refrigerator has a set of evaporator coils. These evaporator coils are what cool and the fan moves the cool air throughout the appliance. The damper control assembly is not working correctly. The temperature control board that provides the electricity to the compressor and fan, this isn’t likely the issue but it is worth troubleshooting.

And, the thermistor could be malfunctioning, which is a small sensor in the appliance that displays the temperature. Having one of our repairmen inspect it is the best solution but these are a few of of the most typical issues.