Your refrigerator is one appliance that you just expect to keep on working, but when something goes wrong, you should know what the cause is and how to repair it. Websites like Home Everything and Buy It Now offer assistance for repairing your appliances on your own. Below you will learn the most common refrigerator problems and how they are repaired.
1. Igloo Inside Your Frostless Freezer
This could be due to a leaking door gasket. If the gasket is bad, the cold air will constantly seep out and cause your refrigerator to continuously run (and this produces extra chill inside the freezer). You can check the gasket by using a high powered flashlight and placing a beam directly at the door, where the seam is. Turn the lights out and check around for any signs of leakage. If you find that there is leakage, you will need to replace the gasket, which are purchased from any of your local or online hardware stores.
2. Growing Puddle under Your Refrigerator
This is normally due to the icemaker in your refrigerator. You can shut off the valve that is found either under your sink or in your basement to allow you to repair the water line.
3. No Ice
A quick fix for not having any ice produced is usually by simply turning the ice maker back on. Check to see if it was turned off by inspecting the wire alongside the icemaker assembly; if it is raised, it is off. Use the red lever to lower it, or if there is no lever, just lower the wire itself.
4. Puddle inside the Refrigerator
If there is a puddle of water inside your refrigerator, and all items inside seem to be intact with no spills, then your drain tube may be blocked. Unplug the refrigerator and find the drain plug; it is usually near the bottom or the back of the main unit. Using a turkey baster, force a solution of 50/50 of warm water and bleach into the tube. You should repeat this process a couple of times and once completed, remove the drain pan underneath the refrigerator and rinse out.
5. Refrigerator Over-Running
If your refrigerator is running more often than it should, you are wasting energy. The normal cause for this is the condenser coils that are located underneath the fridge. These coils work as both a heat dispenser and a magnet for dust. Cleaning the coils with a vacuum will help in creating less energy usage, as they won't have to work as hard to do their job if they are clean. To keep the coils clean, use a piece of pantyhose or filter material, and place it inside the vent panel under the door. This helps to keep debris from piling up on the coils.
Most of these problems can be fixed on your own, but you might want to call a repairman if any of these problems occur:
- Hissing noise coming from the fridge and it has quit cooling off as efficiently as before
- Oily residue found inside the floor of the freezer
- Condenser coils damaged due to an accident
- Leaking water that you cannot locate the source
- Sweating fridge
- Cycling on and off frequently, even once the coils have been cleaned