Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

There are a lot of reasons for why a refrigerator will not cool. If you would like to spare yourself some time and inconvenience, give Ignite Miami Beach Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Miami Beach, FL. We’re happy to visit and troubleshoot the issue and repair it for you.

When a refrigerator is not cold, it is time to figure out what the problem is. Most times it is something as common as a good coil cleaning. But, with these latest refrigerators, they are manufactured with a variety of sensors too.

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

Is the refrigerator plugged in? This will seem like a odd question, but we have been called out to appointments that this was the issue. Somehow, the refrigerator was not plugged in. it’s possible a kid unplugged it, or an electrician during a service visit. Whatever the case may be, be sure it’s plugged in.

Look at the thermostat inside of the unit. This is a very typical problem for customers with children in the house. After all, kids are fascinated with dials and buttons and so, without understanding they are doing anything bad, they play with them. So, check that the thermostat setting isn’t the reason for the warm refrigerator.

Refrigerator Parts to Troubleshoot?

Be sure each of the vents inside of the freezer aren’t blocked with containers or food. This is very common since sometimes bags of frozen veggies get stuck in the back of the freezer. There might be food in the very back of a freezer unit that has been forgotten.

Check that the refrigerator’s condenser cooling fan is clear and clean of debris. To be sure, unplug the fridge and pull it away from the kitchen wall. The fan for a lot of models is just at the bottom or somewhere in the back part of the freezer portion. Many times, customers don’t think about cleaning this section of the fridge. But, it’s important to clean it. And, it fills up with dust and fuzz quickly, especially in homes that have pets. So, find a rag and clean the collected dust out of the coils and cooling fan.

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

The Freezer is Cold but the Refrigerator Isn’t

There are a few more reasons for a refrigerator that won’t cool after these more common ones to check if your freezer is cold but the fridge is not. The evaporator coils have frost on them. This happens because there is a malfunction in the defrost system. Or the automatic defrost has 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 then the fan circulates the cold air throughout the unit. The damper control assembly isn’t working the right way. The temperature control board which transports the electricity to the fan and compressor, this isn’t likely the problem but it’s worth troubleshooting.

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