Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

There are a lot of reasons why a refrigerator won’t cool. If you would like to spare yourself a little time and burden, give Speedy Chino Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Chino, CA. We are eager to come out and diagnose the problem and correct it for you.

When your refrigerator has lost its cold, it’s time to determine what the problem could be. A lot of times it is something as common as a good coil cleaning. But, with these new models of refrigerators, they are manufactured with various sensors as well.

Before we look too deep, we monitor the most common and simple causes for this issue. Here are a few of of the things that we have determined can lead to a refrigerator not cooling:

Is it plugged into an electrical outlet? This will seem like it’s a odd question, but we’ve been hired for appointments that this was the reason for the issue. For some reason, the refrigerator was not plugged in. Maybe a kid unplugged it, or an electrician during a service visit. Whatever the case may be, be sure it’s plugged in.

Check the thermostat inside. This is a very common issue for customers with children in their house. After all, children love buttons and dials and so, without knowing they’re doing anything bad, they mess with them. So, check that the thermostat temperature isn’t the cause of the warm refrigerator.

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

Be sure the condenser cooling fan is clean and clear of debris. To do this, unplug the refrigerator and pull it away from the kitchen wall. The cooling fan for many models is right at the bottom or in the back part of the freezer unit. Many times, homeowner do not think about cleaning this area of the appliance. But, it’s important to keep it clean. And, it fills up with dust and fuzz quickly, especially with homes that have cats and dogs. So, get a rag and get the dust out of the coils and fan.

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

The Freezer Unit is Cold but the Refrigerator is Not

There are several causes for a refrigerator not cooling after these obvious ones to start to take a look at if the freezer is cool but the refrigerator isn’t. The evaporator coils have frost on them. This occurs if there is a malfunction in the defrost heating system. Or the automatic defrost has an issue. The evaporator fan motor can be another reason.

Every refrigerator has a set of evaporator coils. These evaporator coils are what cool and the fan circulates the cold air around inside the appliance. The damper control assembly isn’t working correctly. The temperature control board that carries the electricity to the fan and compressor, this is not likely the problem but it is worth mentioning.

And, the thermistor could be defective, which is a small sensor within the appliance that displays the temperature. Having one of our technicians look at it is the best course of action but these are some of the most typical issues.

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