Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

refrigerator not cooling

There are several reasons for why a refrigerator will not cool. If you would like to save yourself some time and hassle, give J&J Jackson Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Jackson, MS. Our repairmen are happy to visit and diagnose the problem and fix it for you.

When a refrigerator has lost its cold anymore, it is time to figure out what the issue could be. Often times it is something as basic as a routine coil cleaning behind the refrigerator. But, with modern refrigerators, they are manufactured with a variety of sensors too.

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

Is the cord plugged into an outlet? This may seem like it’s a odd question, but we’ve been called out to jobs that this was the reason for the problem. Somehow, it was not plugged in. it’s possible a child or pet did it, or an electrician during a service visit. Whatever the case might be, be sure the refrigerator is plugged in.

Look at the thermostat inside. This is a very typical problem for customers with small children in the home. After all, kids are fascinated with dials and buttons and so, without understanding they’re doing anything wrong, they play with them. So, be sure that the thermostat temperature is not the reason for the warm refrigerator.

Which Refrigerator Parts to Troubleshoot?

Check that each of the vents inside the freezer area aren’t blocked with food or containers. This is very common because sometimes frozen veggies get jammed in the back of the freezer. There might be food in the very back of a freezer unit that has been forgotten.

Be sure the condenser cooling fan is clean and clear of all debris. To do this, unplug the fridge and slide it out from the kitchen wall. The cooling fan for most models is just at the bottom of the appliance or in the back part of the freezer section. Often times, customers do not think to clean this section of the refrigerator. But, it is very important to keep it clean. And, it clogs up with fuzz and dust quickly, especially in homes that have dogs and cats. So, find a clean rag and clean the dust out of the refrigerator coils and cooling fan.

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

The Freezer is Cold but the Refrigerator Isn’t

There are several causes for a refrigerator not cooling after these obvious ones to take a look at if your freezer is cool but your refrigerator isn’t. The evaporator coils are frosted over. This happens because there is a malfunction in the defrost heating system. Or if the automatic defrost experiences a problem. The evaporator fan motor can be another cause.

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

And, the thermistor could be defective, which is a small sensor within the unit that tells the temperature. Having one of our technicians inspect it is the best course of action but these are some of the most typical problems.