Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

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There are many reasons a refrigerator will not cool. If you would like to save yourself a little time and inconvenience, give PTX Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Pasadena, TX. We’re eager to come out and troubleshoot the cooling issue and repair it for you.

When a refrigerator is not cold anymore, it is time to see what the issue could be. Most times it is something as simple as a good coil cleaning. But, with modern fridges, they are manufactured with a variety of sensors too.

Before we investigate further, we monitor the most typical and easy causes for this issue. Here are some of the things that we’ve found can lead to a refrigerator not cooling:

Is the refrigerator plugged in? This may seem like a odd question, but we have been hired for appointments that this was the reason for the issue. Somehow, it was not plugged in. Maybe a a pet unplugged it, or an electrician doing a service visit. Whatever the reason might be, be sure the refrigerator is plugged in.

Look at the thermostat inside. This is a typical problem for anyone with small children in the house. After all, children are fascinated with buttons and dials and so, without knowing they’re doing anything wrong, they play with them. So, be sure that the thermostat setting is not the cause of the warm refrigerator.

Refrigerator Parts to Troubleshoot?

Check that all of the vents inside the freezer aren’t blocked with food or containers. This is common since frozen veggies get pushed in the back. There might be food in the way back of a freezer unit that has long been forgotten about.

Check that the refrigerator’s condenser cooling fan is clear and clean of all debris. To check this, unplug the refrigerator and slide it away from the kitchen wall. The fan for most models is just at the bottom or in the back part of the freezer unit. Many times, homeowner do not think about cleaning this section of the appliance. But, it’s very important to clean it. And, it piles up with dust and fuzz quickly, especially with homes that have cats and dogs. So, grab a rag and clean the dust out of the refrigerator coils and cooling fan.

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

The Freezer Unit is Cold but the Refrigerator is Not

There are several reasons for a refrigerator not cooling after these obvious ones to start to check if the freezer is cold but the refrigerator is not. The evaporator coils are frosted over. This happens because there is a failure in the defrost heating system. Or the automatic defrost experiences a problem. The evaporator fan motor is another reason.

Every refrigerator has a pair of evaporator coils. These evaporator coils are what cool and the fan circulates the cold air around inside the appliance. The damper control assembly working the right way. The temperature control board that transports the electricity to the fan and compressor, this probably is not the problem but it is worth mentioning.

And, the thermistor could be malfunctioning, which is a small sensor within the appliance that tells the temperature. Having one of our technicians look at it is the best solution but these are a few of of the most common problems.


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