If your refrigerator is not cooling, don’t fret. While a warm refrigerator may have you panicking about spoiled food and expensive repair bills, the outcome may be better than you think. Take a look at these 5 things you didn’t know about your refrigerator not cooling…

5 Reasons Why Your Refrigerator Is Not Cooling

  • You Didn’t Maintain Your Refrigerator. While this won’t resolve your issues if your refrigerator has stopped cooling completely, you can prevent cooling problems by cleaning your condenser coils regularly. When your condenser coils are covered by debris (dust, dirt, pet hair), the refrigerator won’t cool at its peak performance and cause extra stain on the compressor. The condenser coils are usually located on the bottom (on top for some high-end models) behind your refrigerator’s grille.


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Photo by Green Living Ideas. See their detailed instructions on coil cleaning.

  • You’ve obstructed the airflow. One of the causes of your refrigerator not cooling could be that the airflow between the refrigerator and freezer is obstructed. This could be caused by too much food packed near the air vents. Find the air vents in the refrigerator and freezer compartment and make sure food isn’t blocking the vent! Sounds silly, but we’ve seen this happen more times than you’d believe. Here’s a helpful resource from Whirlpool about air flow.
  • The Door is Ajar. If your refrigerator is feeling warmer than usual, the problem may be that too much of the cool air is escaping. This is especially a problem during the hot summer months when the kids are home hovering around the open fridge door looking for something to eat. Start by keeping the door closed for an hour and recheck the temperature. If that doesn’t solve the problem, inspect the door seal. An improper seal can cause a slight decrease in temperature and may need to be replaced.
  • Your Evaporator Fan isn’t Working. Unless you have dual compressors, your freezer air cools your refrigerator. The cold air is generated in the freezer compartment and then circulated to the refrigerator compartment with the evaporator fan.  If your refrigerator isn’t cooling, but your freezer is working just fine, then there may be an issue with your evaporator fan.
  • Your temperature control thermostat isn’t working. The temperature control thermostat provides power to the compressor and the evaporator fan motor. Therefore if the temperature control thermostat is defective, your refrigerator won’t cool. This part can be tested by rotating the thermostat and listening for a click. If no click is detected, it needs to be tested for continuity with a multimeter.
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If you have any questions or concerns about your refrigerator not cooling, feel free to contact us! We would be happy to help.