Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

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There are several reasons a refrigerator will not cool. If you want to spare yourself a little time and burden, give EZ Boise Appliance Repair a call for refrigerator repair in Boise, ID. We’re eager to come out and troubleshoot the cooling problem as well as correct it for you.

When your refrigerator isn’t cold, it is time to figure out what the problem might be. A lot of times it’s something as basic as a routine coil cleaning. But, with latest fridges, they’re equipped with a variety of sensors as well.

Before we investigate further, we look at the most typical and simple reasons for this issue. Here are a few of of the issues that we have found can lead to a refrigerator that will not cool:

Is the cord plugged in? This might seem like a silly question, but we have been called out to appointments that this was the reason for the problem. For some reason, the refrigerator was unplugged. it’s possible a a pet did it, or an electrician during a project. Whatever the reason may be, be sure it is plugged in.

Check the thermostat inside. This is a very common problem for anyone with small children in their home. After all, kids are fascinated with dials and buttons and so, without knowing they are doing something wrong, they play with them. So, be sure that the thermostat temperature is not the cause of the warm refrigerator.

Refrigerator Parts to Inspect?

Check that each of the vents inside the freezer aren’t blocked with food or containers. This is very common since bags of frozen vegetables get pushed in the back. There could be food in the back of a freezer that has been forgotten.

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

This is not suggested for refrigerators that have a rear coil system. Once everything is clean, plug it back into the wall and notice if the fan spins.

The Freezer is Cold but the Fridge Isn’t

There are a few more reasons for a refrigerator that won’t cool after these more common ones to start to check if the freezer is cool but your refrigerator is not. The evaporator coils are frosted over. This happens because there is a malfunction in the defrost system. Or if the automatic defrost experiences an issue. The evaporator fan motor can be another cause.

Every fridge has a pair of evaporator coils. These evaporator coils are what gets cold and then the fan moves the cool air throughout the appliance. The damper control assembly working correctly. The temperature control board which provides the electricity to the compressor and fan, this probably isn’t the issue but it is worth mentioning.

And, the thermistor might be malfunctioning, which is a little sensor in the appliance that tells the temperature. Having one of our repairmen look at it is the best course of action but these are some of the most common problems.


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