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Do-It-Yourself Refrigerator Repair

There’s no doubt that your home refrigerator is the workhorse of your kitchen. Think about it; your fridge works constantly, day and night, to ensure that your food is kept fresh and cold or frozen at all times.

It’s no surprise that problems are likely going to happen from time to time because of this continuous 24/7 operation.

Fortunately, refrigerator repair can be often performed at home by yourself, without a need to call in professional appliance repair service.

So keep reading, and we’ll go over how to troubleshoot a few common refrigerator problems, as well as explaining how you can fix them using nothing but basic tools.

Common Refrigerator Problems

Fixing A Noisy Refrigerator
Of course, it’s normal for a fridge to make some noise. But if your refrigerator is too noisy you might indeed have a problem.

First, you’ll need to make sure that the unit is perfectly leveled. Even if you leveled your fridge when you first brought it home, over the years the positioning of your appliance has likely shifted and may have caused the fridge to go off-level.

Use a level to check that the unit is plumb, and use a wrench to turn the unit’s adjustable legs to the desired height.In other cases, especially if you’re dealing with an older fridge, the noises you’re hearing might just be part of the unit’s ordinary operation.

So if this is the case, you might want to consider placing a rubber soundproofing mat underneath the unit. This should help reduce any vibrations emanating from your fridge.

How To Fix A Fridge That Doesn’t Cool Properly
If your refrigerator is not cooling properly make sure that the unit’s temperature dial is set to a proper temperature, which should be around 35°F and 38°F. This might seem like an obvious fix, but many times, we’ve seen many homeowners that have accidentally adjusted this to a higher temperature.

Once this has been ruled out try inspecting the door gaskets on the fridge.These gaskets need to form a perfect seal to help keep the cooler temperatures in. So if the door gaskets look dirty or worn out, you can try cleaning them with soapy water. However, if this doesn’t help, the gasket may need to be completely replaced.

Another common issue could be that the unit’s condenser coils are simply too dirty, which causes the unit to overheat and malfunction.

Before picking up the phone to call a refrigerator repair service make sure to clean your fridge’s condenser coils with a cloth and warm water, and then vacuum up any remaining dust and dirt.It’s also important to ensure that there are at least 3 or 4-inches of space between your refrigerator and any surrounding walls or ceiling. Otherwise, the lack of airflow can also lead to overheating.In some cases your refrigerator might fail to cool properly if there are too few items inside it. As a result, the unit will struggle to keep the temperature down. Every time that you open the door, it will lose all of its cold air and will need to restart cooling again.

So if you’re having an issue with a refrigerator that doesn’t cool properly, make sure that it’s filled with enough food items to help it retain its temperature.

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Fixing A Leaking Refrigerator

When you find water either on the floor next to your fridge or inside it’s easy to come to a conclusion that there’s a major issue with your unit. But, fortunately, a leak is usually caused by a few easy to resolve problems.For starters, check the door gaskets. A gasket that appears old, dirty, or worn out may be failing to seal the refrigerator internal chamber. In turn, this can cause excessive condensation inside the fridge that might be the source of your leak.

This is why we recommend starting with cleaning the door gasket. If it doesn’t seem to resolve the issue and there gasket is obviously torn or damaged you might need to replace it entirely.

If the gasket appear intact your water leak might be coming from either a clogged defrost drain or a broken drain pan. Examine the drain pan at the bottom of your fridge isn’t simply overfilled or broken. If it is full, remove the pan and empty it of any water. Don’t forget to inspect it to see if it’s cracked or damaged in any way.

Other Refrigerator Problems

If you’re still unable to pinpoint the source of your problem, or are unsure how to fix it, don’t hesitate to contact us today.With years of experience under our belts, Denver Appliance Repair is proud to serve the city of Denver and its surrounding areas with quick, efficient appliance repair service. And in addition to offering same-day service, we also offer a 30-day labor warranty for labor, and up to 5-year warranties on some replacement parts.

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You need to know what you can and can’t handle on your own. If you don’t think you’re up to handling the oven repairs on your own, you need to contact us. As soon as you do that, we will send one of our oven repair professionals to you and rectify the problem. There’s nothing we can’t fix. We have professionals on our staff who are capable of repairing a variety of brands and models.

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