Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

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There are several reasons for why a refrigerator won’t cool. If you want to save yourself a little time and burden, give Hayward Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Hayward, CA. We are happy to visit and troubleshoot the cooling problem and correct it for you.

When your refrigerator is not cold, it is time to see what the issue might be. Often times it is something as simple as a routine coil cleaning. But, with latest fridges, they’re manufactured with various sensors as well.

Before we look too deep, we monitor the most common and common reasons for this issue. Here are a couple of issues that we have determined lead to a refrigerator that won’t cool:

Is the refrigerator plugged in? This might seem like a odd question, but we’ve been called out to appointments that this was the issue. Somehow, the refrigerator was not plugged in. it’s possible a kid unplugged it, or an electrician while doing a service visit. Whatever the cause might be, be sure the refrigerator is plugged in.

Look at the thermostat inside. This is a common problem for families with small children in their home. After all, children like buttons and dials and so, without knowing they are doing anything bad, they mess with them. So, be sure that the thermostat setting isn’t the cause of the warm fridge.

Which Refrigerator Components to Inspect?

Check that each of the vents inside the freezer aren’t blocked with boxes or food. This is common because frozen veggies get stuck in the back of the freezer. There could be food in the way back of a freezer that has been forgotten.

Be sure the refrigerator’s condenser cooling fan is clear and clean of debris. To do this, unplug the refrigerator and slide it away from the wall. The fan for many models is right at the bottom or in the back of the freezer unit. Often times, homeowner do not think to clean this section of the appliance. But, it is very important to clean it. And, it clogs up with dust and fuzz quickly, especially in homes that have cats and dogs. So, find a rag and get the dust out of the refrigerator coils and cooling fan.

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

The Freezer Unit is Cold but the Fridge is Not

There are many causes for a refrigerator not cooling after these obvious ones to start to take a look at if the freezer is cold but your refrigerator isn’t. The evaporator coils have frost on them. This happens when there is a malfunction in the defrost heating system. Or if the automatic defrost has a problem. The evaporator fan motor can be another cause.

Every fridge has a pair of evaporator coils. These coils are what gets cold and the fan circulates the cold air throughout the unit. The damper control assembly isn’t working correctly. The temperature control board carries the electricity to the fan and compressor, this probably is not the issue but it is worth troubleshooting.

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