Prevent Refrigerator Repair
Prevent the need for refrigerator repair with this helpful guide from the following common issues:
To avoid personal injury always unplug the appliance or disconnect the power before attempting any repairs.
It makes excessive noise
- Internal compressor problem
The compressor moves the coolant through the unit, and the fan moves the air. Both have spinning motors that need lubricant to remain in good working order. When these items begin to fail, if they don’t shut down completely, you will hear the high-pitched noise of metal rubbing against metal. One solution is to level or balance the “adjustable feet” of your appliance to promote even distributions.
- Evaporator fan defective
If your fan no longer operates correctly you must fix the loose fan to prevent the sound from occurring. Make sure you let it defrost and then repair/replace.
- Defrost water pan rattles
If the pan rattles when it is replaced, this is an indication that it is being placed too close to the compressor. Solve this problem by repositioning the tray.
Water leaking inside it
- Check the lines to your dispenser
If the lines to your dispenser are broken or damaged you will need to replace them.
- Damaged drain pan
If your drain pan has holes or cracks it will also need to be replaced.
- Clogged drain
If you experience any clogged drains, they must also be unclogged or replace. If you experience this at the ceiling of your unit it can be attributed to a clog in the freezer section. Remove the divider and let the insulation thaw out and dry.
It doesn’t cool
- Condenser coils
Make sure you dust off the condenser coils to prevent dust build up and overheating due to it overworking. Simply unplug and use a long coil cleaning brush to get rid of debris.
- Check seals
If your refrigerator door seal is broken, warm air is pushing its way inside the unit, thus causing it to not cool properly. Prevent this from happening by replacing your seal and keeping the cool air inside.
- Temperature controls
Ensure that your thermostat is set correctly, usually 38-40 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Defective condenser fan
When this fan is defective, cold air is prevented from flowing through the vents. It may require replacement.
- Compressor issues
Check if there are clicking sounds coming from the compressor as it tries to start. If there is a clicking, it is one of only two options, either the start capacitor or a bad compressor. A start capacitor is fairly inexpensive whereas a sealed system repair on the compressor is very expensive and often not cost effective.
Too cold (freezing food)
- Check your freezer thermostat setting
The freezer determines the coolness of the refrigerator. If this temperature is set too high or accidently moved, it could sometimes result in items on the top shelf of the refrigerator becoming frozen. Adjust the thermostat accordingly to see if this resolves the problem.
- Fan motor
The circulating fan can be blowing the cold air through the freezer, then down through the fridge and eventually back up to the cooling unit. Replacing this part can fix this problem.
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