Fridge stopped cooling

Why would a refrigerator stop cooling?

A refrigerator may stop cooling for several reasons, ranging from simple fixes to more complex issues. Some common causes include:

  1. Dirty condenser coils: Over time, dust and debris can accumulate on the condenser coils, reducing their ability to dissipate heat and affecting the refrigerator’s cooling efficiency. Regularly cleaning the coils can help maintain proper cooling.
  2. Faulty condenser fan motor: The condenser fan motor is responsible for drawing air over the condenser coils and dissipating heat. If the fan motor is malfunctioning or not running at all, the refrigerator may not cool properly.
  3. Defective evaporator fan motor: The evaporator fan circulates cold air from the evaporator coils throughout the refrigerator and freezer compartments. If the fan motor is faulty, the refrigerator may not cool effectively.
  4. Malfunctioning thermostat or temperature control: If the thermostat or temperature control is not working correctly, it may not signal the compressor to turn on and maintain the correct temperature, resulting in insufficient cooling.
  5. Problems with the start relay or compressor: The start relay helps the compressor start-up and run efficiently. If the relay is faulty, the compressor may not start, leading to a lack of cooling. Additionally, a failing compressor can also cause cooling issues.
  6. Refrigerant leak: A refrigerant leak can cause a drop in cooling performance or even a complete loss of cooling. This issue requires professional repair, as refrigerant leaks can be hazardous.
  7. Door seal issues: Damaged or worn-out door seals (gaskets) can allow warm air to enter the refrigerator, making it harder to maintain the proper temperature.

If your refrigerator is not cooling properly, it’s essential to consult a professional appliance repair technician to diagnose and fix the issue. Attempting repairs without the necessary knowledge and tools can be dangerous and may lead to further damage. Call us today at (406) 296-6060!

Click To Call - (406) 296-6060