Tips and Tricks

Tips and Tricks
Refrigerator Repair Tips

Refrigerator Repair Tips

Refrigerator not working at all

When a refrigerator light is off or motor the motor is not running, make sure to first check that it is plugged in and the electrical outlet is receiving power. Do this by plugging in another electrical appliance to see if it runs. If it does not run, check to see if a circuit breaker has not been tripped or that there is not a blown fuse. Also, make sure that the cold control is correctly set. If you discover that all of these items are working, keep the refrigerator closed and call an appliance repair professional.

Refrigerator Runs Constantly

When refrigerators are running constantly, it is because it is continually trying to cool the contents in it. In most cases the refrigerator door is being left open too often. Check to make sure that the condenser coils are clean from dust build up and that there is enough room for air to circulate behind the refrigerator. Check to make sure that the refrigerator door is closing properly. Check to see if the temperature set too low, typically 36-40 degrees Fahrenheit, or that an item in the refrigerator is not blocking the flow of air. If you discover that all of these items are working, keep the refrigerator closed and call an appliance repair professional.

Temperature Not Cold or Too Hot

Refrigerators typically maintain a temperature of 36-40 degrees Fahrenheit. Having the refrigerator section too hot or cold, causes it to overwork, as well as either freezes or spoils the entire contents of your refrigerator. Make sure the temperature is cool enough to keep your food from spoiling, but not too cold to cause it to freeze, typically 36-40 degrees Fahrenheit. Check the cold control to make sure that it is set to COLD. Make sure the freezer fan and compressor fans are both running. If one of these fans is off or not running, your refrigerator will be unable to keep things cool. If you discover that all of these items are working, keep the refrigerator closed and call an appliance repair professional.

Refrigerator Door Does Not Seal Properly

When a refrigerator door doesn't close properly it is almost always the door hinge and gasket. These items can be picked up online, or at your local hardware store. This is not too hard to do, if you are willing to invest a little time. Generally, this will do the job, but if you discover that all of these items are working, keep the refrigerator closed, as best as possible, and call an appliance repair professional.

Refrigerator Light Stays On

If you suspect that your interior refrigerator light stays on after the door is closed, check to see if the light is warm, close the door to only be an inch open and it might turn off, or push the door light sensor to see if the light turns off. If in fact the light is staying, it is most likely a refrigerator door switch. This can be easily purchased online. Make sure that you purchase the correct model's door switch. If you do not feel too adventurous, contact an appliance repair expert to come and to the job.

Refrigerator Leaking on Floor

Usually when you see leaking coming out from under the floor, it is because a condensation tube is not draining correctly into the pan. It could also mean that a freezer door is not completely sealed, or that your have a clogged freezer drain.

Refrigerator Makes Rattling Noises

Most of time, when a refrigerator is making rattling noises, it is because there is a loose part that needs to be tightened with a wrench or screwdriver. Typical culprits can be condenser coils, compressor tubing, and all of the roller feet not being evenly distributed against the floor. First, check for loose parts and tighten them up. Second, remove the bottom trim to the refrigerator, so you can check to see that each roller is evenly meeting the floor. If not, turn the adjustable feet until they are evenly distributed. If you discover that all of these items are working, keep the refrigerator closed and call an appliance repair professional.

Refrigerator Smells Bad

If removing spoiled food doesn't do the trick, start by cleaning the entire interior of the refrigerator as well as removing and cleaning all drawers and shelves with soap and water. Next, scrub is down with with baking soda and water. If this doesn't take care if it, remove the drip tray from underneath the refrigerator and clean it. This tray can sometimes get moldy. Finally, as a last resort, put charcoal briquettes in small bowls and place them on shelves and in drawers inside the refrigerator. Hopefully, the charcoal will absorb the bad odors.

Power Outages

When your power goes out in the neighborhood or home, try to not open your refrigerator, unless absolutely necessary. Every time it is opened, when the power is out, you’ll lose precious cold air. A refrigerator and freezer can stay cold for several hours when the power is out, as long as you don’t open it too frequently.

Clean Coils

The best way to extend the life of your refrigerator is to clean your condenser coils of dust twice a year. As dust builds up on the condenser coils, it makes the refrigerator work harder. With a vacuum hose, clean and brush the coils to clean them of dust. Additionally, make sure that there is several inches between the wall and the back of the refrigerator to provide the necessary circulation of air around the coils.

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