When your fridge is not functioning well, refrigerator repair seems like a costly and daunting challenge. There are so many advantages and disadvantages to consider when you debate between hiring a professional technician and trying to repair it on your own. Below we examine common problems with refrigerators and easy DIY tricks to try before reaching out to that repairman.
1) Not Cooling (Too Warm)
Is your refrigerator not keeping your food cool enough? Then, you run the risk of wasted food and groceries. Appropriate and high-quality refrigerator temperature control is paramount for food safety and storage.
t cooling or too warm, your do the following:
- Check the appliance temperature control switch if it is set to the coldest level. If the temperature control switch is not the problem, then the temperature sensor might be disabled or broken.
- Inspect the vent parts of your refrigerator. Vacuum around the coils under and behind your fridge appliance. Dirty and contaminated vents and coils block the heat exchange and proper cooling.
- A not cooling refrigerator might be due to a faulty evaporator motor fan. While changing a broken fan is not troublesome, the issue might be the result of a damaged circuit board, which a refrigerator repair specialist can diagnose for you.
2) Frosting Over
If your refrigerator is frosting over, it may be because of a broken door lid or gasket. Gaskets create an airtight seal between the door and freezer cabinet to maintain the air inside cold. A sealant is too cheap and can be purchased from the nearest hardware store. Another reason for too much frost could be a not working thermistor or temperature sensor. It is a less common reason and might justify a call to an expert technician, as certain parts are not very user-serviceable.
3) Unworking Ice Machine
If your ice maker is not making ice, maybe it is due to the water supply. A partial or complete blockage can occur in various parts of your unit.
If it is not making ice anymore, your do the following:
- You examine the inlet tube into your ice maker (a slow water flow can result in ice forming). If that’s the case, you need to unplug your unit and wait for the ice to melt. When water stops dripping from the inlet tube to the ice maker, the ice will surely dissolve.
- You can check the inlet valve at the back of your refrigerator. This small device controls the water flow into the fridge. Replacing this valve requires proper care, and be sure to have a bucket to catch the water coming out from the valve.
- You can locate the saddle valve. Do you know that the needle hole in the pipe can clog? To unclog, locate this valve and screw it tightly, and then open it. This DIY process should remove mineral deposits that might have developed from blocking the water supply to your ice machine.
4) Contact Experienced and Licenced Contractors!
We all know that not all appliance repair is easy. Less common problems such as a broken compressor, relay capacitor, or circuit board require a full-range and professional refrigerator repair or part replacement from a fully equipped technician. Of course, if your fridge is more than ten years old, it might be nearing the end of its life.
Our expert servicemen at Most Honest Appliance Repair are here, ready to help you diagnose and fix any of your refrigerator’s problems. Don’t worry! Our team can also help you with your oven repairs, cooktop repairs, range repairs, washer repairs, dryer repairs, dishwasher repairs, and any other appliance repairs that you need.