Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?


refrigerator too warm

There are a few reasons why a refrigerator isn’t cooling. If you want to spare yourself a little time and hassle, give F&S Forest Hills Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Forest Hills, NY. Our repairmen are happy to come out and troubleshoot the issue as well as fix it for you.

When your refrigerator is not cold, it’s time to see what the issue might be. Often times it is something as common as a good coil cleaning behind the refrigerator. But, with latest refrigerators, they’re manufactured with a variety of sensors too.

Before we investigate further, we inspect the most common and simple causes for this problem. Here are some of the things that we have determined lead to a refrigerator that won’t cool:

Is the refrigerator plugged into an electrical outlet? This might seem like a silly question, but we’ve been called out to jobs that this was the problem. For some reason, it was not plugged in. it’s possible a kid did it, or an electrician while doing a service visit. Whatever the reason may be, be sure it is plugged in.

Look at the thermostat inside of the appliance. This is a very common issue for those with small children in the house. After all, children are fascinated with dials and buttons and so, without understanding they’re doing something bad, they mess with them. So, be sure that the thermostat temperature isn’t the reason for the warm fridge.

Refrigerator Components to Inspect?

Be sure the vents in the freezer are not blocked with boxes or food. This is common since bags of frozen vegetables get pushed in the back of the freezer. There might be food in the way back of a freezer unit that has long been forgotten about.

Be sure the refrigerator’s condenser cooling fan is clear and clean of all debris. To check this, unplug the refrigerator and pull it out from the wall. The fan for several models is right at the bottom of the appliance or somewhere in the back part of the freezer unit. A lot of times, people do not think about cleaning this area of the refrigerator. But, it is important to keep it clean. And, it piles up with fuzz and dust quickly, especially in houses that have cats and dogs. So, get a clean rag and get the collected dust out of the refrigerator coils and fan.

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

The Freezer Unit is Cold but the Fridge Isn’t

There are several causes for a refrigerator not cooling after these obvious ones to check if your freezer is cool but the fridge is not. The evaporator coils are frosted over. This happens if there is a failure in the defrost heating system. Or the automatic defrost has a problem. The evaporator fan motor is another cause.

Every fridge has a set of evaporator coils. These coils are what cool and the fan moves the cold air around inside the unit. The damper control assembly isn’t working correctly. The temperature control board that transports the electricity to the compressor and fan, this probably isn’t the problem but it’s worth mentioning.

And, the thermistor might be defective, which is a small sensor inside the unit that displays the temperature. Having one of our repairmen look at it is the best solution but these are some of the most typical issues.