Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

There are several reasons a refrigerator won’t cool. If you would like to spare yourself some time and hassle, give Corona Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Corona, CA. Our repairmen are eager to visit and troubleshoot the problem as well as repair it for you.

When your refrigerator isn’t cold, it is time to figure out what the problem could be. Often times it’s something as basic as a routine coil cleaning. But, with latest models of refrigerators, they are manufactured with various sensors too.

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

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. For some reason, the refrigerator was unplugged. Maybe a child or pet unplugged it, or an electrician during a project. Whatever the cause might be, make sure it is plugged in.

Check the thermostat inside of the refrigerator. This is a very typical problem for anyone with small children in the home. After all, children like buttons and dials and so, without knowing they are doing anything wrong, they mess with them. So, check that the thermostat setting is not the reason for the warm fridge.

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Be sure all of the vents inside the freezer area aren’t blocked with food or boxes. This is very common because frozen veggies get jammed in the back. There can be food in the back of a freezer unit that has been forgotten.

Be sure the condenser cooling fan is clean and clear of debris. To be sure, unplug the fridge and slide it out from the kitchen wall. The cooling fan for many models is just at the bottom or in the back of the freezer unit. Many times, people don’t think to clean this section of the fridge. But, it is very important to clean it. And, it builds up with fuzz and dust quickly, especially in homes that have dogs and cats. So, find 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 back coil system. Once all clean, plug it back into the wall and monitor if the fan spins.

The Freezer is Cold but the Fridge Isn’t

There are several reasons for a refrigerator that won’t cool after these more common ones to check if the freezer is cool but your refrigerator isn’t. The evaporator coils are frosted over. This happens when 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 fridge has a set of evaporator coils. These evaporator coils are what gets cold and the fan moves the cool air around inside the unit. The damper control assembly isn’t working properly. The temperature control board which carries the electricity to the fan and compressor, this probably is not the problem but it is worth mentioning.

And, the thermistor could be defective, which is a little sensor inside the appliance that tells the temperature. Having one of our repairmen inspect it is the best solution but these are a few of of the most typical problems.

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