Troubleshooting Your Refrigerator
When your refrigerator refuses to function properly, it’s natural for you to panic.The ice-cream is melting, the frozen chicken or beef is thawing, and there’s nothing you can do to stop them.Your refrigerator is one of the few home appliances that work around the clock. You wake up to the humming, and through the day, that humming continues to emanate throughout your kitchen. So, what happens when your fridge breaks down and you’re unsure whether to repair or replacement? The average top-mounted refrigerator starts at around a few hundred dollars for a basic model. If you’re looking for a full-feature fridge, the price can exceed several thousand. Therefore, from both an economical and environmental perspective, repairing your refrigerator is typically the better choice, rather than tossing it in a landfill, and buying a new one. Troubleshooting your fridge can help you establish whether the repair can be made by yourself, or whether you’ll need the help of a professional technician to address the problem.
Troubleshooting a Leaky Fridge
The easiest way to identify a leakage problem is to check for where the moisture is coming from. In most cases, leakages are caused by minor problems, such as faulty door seals or gaskets, and clogged defrost drains.
For faulty door seals, try scrubbing the gasket with warm water and soap to remove any dirt. The goal is to strengthen the seal, preventing warm air from getting inside, which could cause excessive condensation and leakage.
For clogged defrost drains, locate the drain by visually inspecting the unit, or by consulting your device’s owner manual, and flush it with warm water. This should remove any ice accumulation that might be causing your leak. If the leakage persists, you can always call our ever-ready technicians for further assistance.
Assessing A Noisy Refrigerator
The fridge is supposed to kick on periodically throughout the day to ensure the proper temperature inside is being maintained. But if your fridge has suddenly become noisy or is now constantly running, chances are, you’ve got a problem. The refrigerator’s coils are located in one of two places: either at the back of the fridge or on the bottom of the front panel. These coils can slowly collect dust, dirt, and hair over time. This debris causes your fridge’s condenser to work harder than it needs to in order to maintain the proper temperatures within the fridge. To clean the coils, unplug the fridge from the outlet for safety, and locate the coils on your fridge. Using a narrow hose attachment, gently vacuum the coils. Then, using a small brush, gently work in and around the coils to dislodge any dust or debris, taking time to get in between any crevices or brackets. Finally, vacuum any remaining or newly loosened dirt out from the area. And then plug your fridge back in to check-in you’ve resolved the issue.
Temperature Control Issues
The thermostat on your unit is responsible for regulating the temperature inside. One reason for improper temperatures within the fridge could be as simple as the setting having changed, possibly even by accident. To check, simply locate the thermostat inside the fridge (typically at the front or the side of the refrigerator.) Check the thermostat to ensure that no one has adjusted it, or it hasn’t been bumped when opening/closing the fridge. If the thermostat still isn’t working properly, give our professional appliance technicians a call to help you accurately diagnose the problem.
Evaporator Fan Troubles?
Broken or jammed fan blades could also cause your refrigerator to go warm. If you’re unable to hear your unit’s fan running, try unplugging the fridge and seeing if you can identify any obstructions blocking the fan blades. Gently remove any debris that may be caught inside. Check that all fan blades are straight and if possible, use compressed air to blow out any dust that may be jammed within the unit. If these don’t fix the problem, it might be time to reach out to a technician.
Refrigerator Repair – Denver Appliance Repair
Unfortunately, malfunctions can also be caused by more complicated internal problems.For instance, sometimes leakages may be caused by coolant and not faulty door gaskets. However, coolant leaks possess a very distinct, acrid smell, and can be dangerous to your health. In this case, the safest thing to do is to call a repair company.If you’ve tried this basic troubleshooting process, and still can’t resolve your issue, your next step should always be contacting a knowledgeable appliance repair technician.