Refrigerator is not cooling

My refrigerator is not cooling but the freezer part is, what can I do to fix the problem?
  12 answers
  • Betty Geist Betty Geist on Jun 29, 2015
    That happen to me unplug the refrigerator for about 3 hours and let it total defrost and plug it back it should work

  • Molly Molly on Jun 29, 2015
    This just happened to me with our Frigidaire. We had to get the mother board replaced because it was not telling the fan in the freezer to blow the cold air from the freezer to the refrigerator. As soon as he replaced the mother board, it worked perfectly. The repair man said he has seen this happen with both top freezer models and side by side models. Unfortunately, it did take almost a month for the part to come off of back order.

  • Carol Fredette Carol Fredette on Jun 29, 2015
    Check out Could be heater defroster, themostat or door is stuck closed

  • Elwanna Elwanna on Jun 29, 2015
    If it ends up being dead for good: In Texas, busted frigerators make great worm farms. They keep the fire ants out. I've heard some people grow mushrooms in them too. Both are country solutions unless you buried it surrounded by garden to avoid an eye sore.

    • Thy1397022 Thy1397022 on Jun 30, 2015
      @Elwanna I saw one behind a garden shed used as a cold frame out of sight. They grew sweet potato slips in theirs. The refrigerator has the insulation in sides for this.

  • Rosemarie Randolph Rosemarie Randolph on Jun 29, 2015
    Also, you might try pulling it out from the wall, and vacuum the back, underneath, and around the compressor ,and the coils. Unplug first. This is one of the more frequent repairs we've done over the years. - both my Dad & my husband had repair businesses.

  • Sari Graham Sari Graham on Jun 29, 2015
    I actually find a lot of answers off of You Tube...I would type "refrigerator not cooling, freezer works. You can also add the make of your fridge. You'd be surprised how many people this has happened to out there.

  • Ruthie Ruthie on Jun 30, 2015
    We had the same problem and called out a repair man. He looked and said we had the freezer temp set too cold and that ice was forming in between the freezer and fridge. This was preventing the air flow. So we "defrosted" the unit to melt the ice in between and set the freezer temp lower and it has worked perfect ever since. Thank goodness for honest repair men!

  • Rus1058682 Rus1058682 on Jun 30, 2015
    Check to see if the fan is working, and if it has proper air movement in the area where the compressor is located. And don't keep checking (opening the door) the fridge. It takes time for the system to work. If possible, unplug for a couple days, and then plug it back up.. In some cases the defrost timer sticks, and may need to be replaced. Without knowing the type and year of the system, it is hard to know what the real problem is..

  • Mark Mark on Jun 30, 2015
    Likely one of three items - all easily replaced. Defrost temp switch Defrost timer Defrost heater Look up your make and model. Start with the least expensive part first. Have fun.

  • Barbara Barbara on Jul 01, 2015
    Thank you to everyone that replied. I poured hot water down the air vent which broke up the ice build up, I also vacuumed all the dust out from the back. So far so good!

  • Rus1058682 Rus1058682 on Jul 02, 2015
    Great Barbara.. But that is a quick fix, but I am afraid you have a defrost system problem that will make it occur again. I would have it checked as soon as possible.. R

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