Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

There are a few reasons for why a refrigerator won’t cool. If you want to spare yourself a little time and inconvenience, give Delta Des Moines Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Des Moines, IA. We’re eager to come out and troubleshoot the issue and correct it for you.

When your refrigerator has lost its cold anymore, it is time to determine what the problem is. A lot of times it is something as common as a good coil cleaning. However, with modern fridges, they are equipped with a variety of sensors too.

Before we look too deep, we inspect the most typical and easy causes for this issue. Here are some of the issues that we have determined can lead to a refrigerator not cooling:

Is the cord plugged in? This may seem like it is a odd question, but we have been called out to appointments that this was the reason for the issue. Somehow, it was not plugged in. Maybe a a pet did it, or an electrician while doing a project. Whatever the reason might be, be sure it is plugged in.

Check the thermostat inside. This is a typical problem for families with small children in the home. After all, kids like dials and buttons and so, without knowing they’re doing something bad, they mess with them. So, check that the thermostat setting is not the cause of the warm fridge.

Refrigerator Components to Inspect?

Be sure all of the vents in the freezer are not blocked with food or boxes. This is common since sometimes bags of frozen vegetables get jammed in the back. There can be food in the very back of a freezer that has been forgotten about.

Check that the condenser cooling fan is clean and clear of all debris. To be sure, unplug the fridge and slide it away from the kitchen wall. The fan for several models is right at the bottom or somewhere in the back of the freezer portion. A lot of times, homeowner do not think about cleaning this section of the refrigerator. But, it’s very important to clean it. And, it piles up with fuzz and dust 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 recommended for refrigerators that have a rear coil system. Once all clean, plug it into the wall and notice if the cooling fan moves.

The Freezer Unit is Cold but the Fridge Isn’t

There are several reasons for a refrigerator not cooling after these more common ones to start to check if your freezer is cool but your fridge is not. The evaporator coils have frost on them. This happens when there’s a malfunction in the defrost system. Or if the automatic defrost has a problem. The evaporator fan motor is another reason.

Every fridge has a pair of evaporator coils. These coils are what cool and then the fan circulates the cold air around inside the unit. The damper control assembly is not working properly. The temperature control board that carries the electricity to the fan and compressor, this isn’t likely the issue but it’s worth troubleshooting.

And, the thermistor might be malfunctioning, which is a tiny sensor inside the appliance that displays the temperature. Having one of our technicians inspect it is the best option but these are a few of of the most typical issues.

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