Viking Refrigerator Not Cooling [Quick Fix]

Want to know how to fix your Viking refrigerator that is not cooling, plus other cooling issues? This article shows you how…

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Viking Refrigerator Not Cooling after Power Outage – What to Do

If your Viking refrigerator stops cooling after a power outage, check the power cord and the wall circuit. Be sure both are working fine. If you are sure, then unplug the refrigerator and let it sit unplugged for about 20 minutes.

Plug it back in and power the refrigerator. This reset will help the compressor pressures and enable it restart well.

But if this doesn’t work, check the compressor. If it is too hot, the condenser fan motor could have become defective in the outage and needs replacing. Or the start relay has become defective, which has made the compressor try hard to restart.

Contact a qualified service technician to accurately diagnose the problem and proffer the right solution.

Viking Refrigerator Not Cooling But Freezer Works – How to Fix

When you find that the fridge part of your Viking refrigerator is not cooling but the freezer part is, do the following:

Check the Condenser Coils

Look at the coils at the bottom of the refrigerator and see if they are dirty. Because of their location in the open, it is easy to gather dirt and grease. Clean them well to free them from clogging. When clean, they can cool the refrigerant as it goes through them and the unit will cool adequately.

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Dirty condenser coils mean that the refrigerant that passes through them to the unit will still carry heat. Therefore, the refrigerator will become too warm to retain any coolness but the freezer section could remain cold.

Check the Temperature Control Thermostat

Turn the dial of the thermostat, which is usually inside the refrigerator, from the lowest to the highest setting. Listen for a click when you do this. If you hear none, use a multimeter to test the thermostat for continuity. If there is no continuity, it needs to be replaced.

The thermostat is responsible for getting the condenser fan, compressor and evaporator fan up and running. Without it, these will not function well and the refrigerator will not cool.

Check the Evaporator Fan

Turn the blades of the fan manually. If there is any resistance, the motor is bad and should be replaced. And if there is a strange sound coming from the motor even if it is running, replace it.

The evaporator fan is responsible for distributing cold air throughout the refrigerator and over the evaporator coils. Without it, the air in the unit will be too warm.

Check the Thermistor

With a multimeter, check the thermistor for continuity. If there is none, then the cooling problem in the fridge section is from it.

The thermistor is responsible for monitoring the temperature of the refrigerator and regulating the evaporator fan and compressor. Without it, they will not work the way they should.

Additionally, be sure you always shut the door of the refrigerator properly every time you open it. And don’t open it too frequently. It will cause cold air in it to dissipate fast.

Furthermore, check the air vents to ensure nothing is blocking them. Cold air comes from them and if they are obstructed in any way, it will affect the coolness in the refrigerator though the freeze will remain cold.

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Call a qualified technician or a Viking technician for help if the repairs become too complicated. And always unplug the refrigerator before you touch anything.

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Viking Refrigerator Not Cooling But Beeping – Fast Fix

Check the temperature within the refrigerator. If it has risen, then it has triggered the temperature alarm, causing the constant beeping. And the rise in temperature means the inside of the refrigerator is warm. Jus press the ‘Alarm Off’ key on the panel in front to deactivate the alarm.

Note that the alarm could go on beeping if the temperature has risen too high and the unit has been warm for too long. It will automatically stop, though, when the interior temperature drops to the right level again.

However, if you do this but the alarm keeps beeping, check the door or doors to be sure they are properly shut. If they are not, shut them well, making sure they seal so that the door ajar alarm, which is what you are likely hearing, will stop.

Viking Refrigerator Not Cooling – Solutions

Clean the Condenser Coils

A poorly cooling Viking refrigerator or one that doesn’t cool at all could be as a result of dirty condenser coils. Look at the bottom of the freezer, where you have the compressor, and see if the coils are dirty. Turn off the refrigerator and clean them well. This will help them effectively cool the refrigerant so it doesn’t carry heat into the refrigerator, warming it.

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Change the Evaporator Fan Motor

A bad evaporator fan means the evaporator coils will not cool and there will be no cold air blowing in the refrigerator. Open the rear panel of the freezer to access the fan. Spin the blades to check if the motor is still active. If the blades spin well, the motor is fine. If not, the motor is bad and needs changing.

Replace the Temperature Control Thermostat

A defective temperature control thermostat means the compressor, condenser fan and evaporator fan will not run smoothly. In other words, the refrigerator will not work, let alone cool. Move the dial of the thermostat from low to high and listen for a click. The click means the thermostat is fine but no click means it is defective and needs to be replaced.

Change the Thermistor

Without a properly working thermistor, the compressor and evaporator fan will not function maximally. And if they don’t function well, the refrigerator will not cool. Test it with a multimeter for continuity. If there is no continuity, change it.

Other factors to check are:

Frequent Door Opening – Frequently opening and closing the door of the refrigerator will make it warm because the cold escapes easily.

Blocked Vents – Items in the refrigerator could inadvertently be blocking the air vents. So cold air has no way to come into the refrigerator.

Overstuffed Space – Too much food in the refrigerator will warm it because it will take too long to cool so many things at the same time. Additionally, hot food will take too long to cool and this can make the refrigerator take a long time to cool.

Direct Sunlight – If the unit is sitting where sunlight hits it directly, it will affect its ability to cool fast and well.

Faulty Gaskets – Broken gaskets means the refrigerator door will not seal properly. This will let out cold air continuously and let in warm air into the refrigerator.


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