Greetings! Here is a new post about troubleshooting and how to fix some of the most common refrigerator problems. I hope this helps!
When one of your household appliances goes on the fritz, the first step you’ll need to take is to find the root of the problem, and then of course you’ll need to find out how to fix it. I doubt that anytime your appliance has an issue, you would run out to the nearest appliance dealer and purchase a brand new one. In this article I will explain some of the more common refrigerator problems, and how to troubleshoot and fix them. This guide will be generic because most of the refrigerators today are pretty similar. If you get stuck or have an issue with the refrigerant, it’s probably a good idea to just call a service technician instead of trying to do it yourself. Remember though; always unplug your appliance from the power outlet before you do any repairs, doing so could save your life and your appliance. So just read on, and I’ll go through how to troubleshoot and fix some common refrigerator problems.
My compressor doesn’t seem to be running and the light won’t come on. Solution: is there power coming to your fridge? Make sure the fridge is plugged in, and check your circuit breaker to see if it has tripped a circuit. Is the cord damaged, frayed, or loose? If your refrigerator’s power cord is damaged in any way, you should replace it.
The refrigerator light comes on, but the unit doesn’t run. Solution: is your temperature control knob turned down low, or turned off? You should adjust the knob. Is your compressor overheating? You should clean off your refrigerator’s condenser coils. You can use a vacuum or a specially designed coil brush to do this. Tip: you should be cleaning your refrigerator’s coils at least once a year, and if you have pets you should be cleaning them at least three times per year. Is your compressor defective? Call your local service technician to order a new one; it will need a charge of refrigerant. Is the condenser fan faulty? Replace it. How about your temperature control or defrost timer? You can test both of those parts with an ohm meter, if they test badly, you should replace those parts.
Does your refrigerator get too cold, or does it not cool properly? If it gets too cold you can check the temperature control knob first, is it turned up too high? Adjust that. Is your temperature controller faulty? You can test this part, if it is bad you should replace it. If your refrigerator doesn’t cool properly you can again, check the temperature control knob and adjust it accordingly. If you think there might be a refrigerant leak you should call out a service technician. Is your refrigerator door closing all the way? You can inspect the door seal itself for any cracks or tears; if it looks old and worn you should replace the seals. You can also raise or lower the front leveling legs so it closes properly. If your coils are dirty you should clean them, this can cause your fridge to cool improperly. Test your evaporator fan; if it is faulty then you should replace it. Is your evaporator full of ice? First, defrost your refrigerator, then check the defrost timer, the defrost limiter switch, and the defrost heater with your ohm meter.
In summary, the refrigerator is for the most part, a very simple appliance. Many of these common issues can be fixed by anyone with some basic handyman skills and a few tools. If these solutions have not helped fix your problem, it is probably a good idea to call up a service technician. But hopefully this guide has helped you troubleshoot and fix a common refrigerator problem.
Thank you for reading!!