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4 Common Causes For a Whirlpool Refrigerator Not Cooling

Every day we rely on our refrigerator to keep food cool and fresh. But what if one day you find your Whirlpool refrigerator not cooling like it should? From dirty condenser coils to part failures, we’ll answer the question, “Why is my refrigerator not cooling?”

Troubleshooting a Whirlpool Refrigerator Not Cooling

There doesn’t always have to be a complex repair when your refrigerator is warm. Our Whirlpool refrigerator troubleshooting guide starts with simple common causes and straightforward fixes.

#1. Dirty Condenser Coils

A Whirlpool refrigerator not cooling is often due to dirty condenser coils. These coils help cool refrigerant, providing the refrigerator with cool air. As they’re usually located on the back or bottom of the refrigerator, they can easily get covered in dust and dirt. When this happens, the coils are unable to effectively cool refrigerant and create cool air.

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Fortunately, a refrigerator coil cleaning can solve the problem. Here’s how to clean refrigerator coils in 5 easy steps:

  1. Locate the refrigerator coils and unplug the refrigerator
  2. Vacuum the coils with a narrow hose vacuum attachment
  3. Use an appliance brush to remove hard-to-reach debris
  4. Vacuum a second time, including the floor and area around the coils
  5. Plug the refrigerator back in to its power supply

#2. Door Seal is Loose

When you notice your Whirlpool refrigerator not cooling but freezer is working the refrigerator door seal may be the problem. This rubber seal around the perimeter of refrigerator doors maintains a tight closure, keeping cool air in and preventing warm air from entering.

However, if the seal is dirty, damaged, or torn the doors won’t be able to close properly, allowing cool air to escape and warm air to enter. Inspect the door seal for signs of dirt or damage. While a dirty door seal can be cleaned with a damp cloth, a damaged seal requires replacement.

#3. Power Failure

As simple as it sounds, a lack of power could be the reason for a Whirlpool refrigerator not cooling. Make sure your refrigerator is plugged in and that the outlet is functioning properly. Check your home’s fuse or circuit breaker box and replace any blown fuses or tripped breakers.

#4. Part Malfunction

If these troubleshooting tips still leave you with a Whirlpool refrigerator not cooling then it’s possible a part has malfunctioned. Oftentimes the condenser or evaporator fans can break and cool air won’t pass over their coils to help cool refrigerant.

In other instances, the refrigerator’s thermistor is faulty and won’t provide accurate temperature readings that signal the compressor for cool air.

A professional repair service can help assess and repair refrigerator part malfunctions. Call Sloan Appliance Service for the utmost in fast, expert repairs.

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