It’s every homeowner’s worst nightmare: coming home from a hard day at the office only to encounter the smell of rotting food coming from the kitchen. You hope that you left something out on the counter, but no – your refrigerator has stopped running. With some luck, you’ll be able to save some of your food depending on when the fridge cut out. However, as is often the case, much of the food in the fridge will have to be tossed into the trash.
Having your refrigerator stop working is never ideal, and you can sometimes be stuck with a fairly large bill to have it fixed. Often times, however, fridge repairs can be conducted by the homeowner before they have to make the call to a repair shop. Here are some common problems that can be solved very simply. With these tips, you’ll be able to get your fridge back up and running in no time.
Your refrigerator is already drawing a large amount of power, which means keeping it running is already one of the most expensive parts of your electric bill. When your fridge is cycling too much, it is not only noisy but is also an even larger expense than before. A fridge that is running constantly also means that the condenser coils on the back can become covered in debris. By removing the back of older model refrigerators, you’ll be able to vacuum up most of the debris. Simply wipe away any excess that remains and your coils will be good as new.
Another reason your fridge could be over-cycling is because the temperature is set too low. This causes food to freeze and your fridge to work overtime. Turn up the thermostat a few notches and your fridge will run much smoother.
Pooling water is not a good sign in a refrigerator, but it is a very simple fix if you know what to look for. One reason for leakage is a blocked defrost drain. A blocked drain means the water has nowhere to go, so it will drip and pool in your fridge. Take a turkey baster with warm water and gently squeeze it through the drain. This should help remove the icy blockage.
Sometimes the puddle will happen below the refrigerator itself. This means you have a blocked or frozen water supply line. In order to fix this problem, you’ll have to manually unplug the fridge and look for leaks on the lines themselves. This could mean leaving the fridge unplugged for two hours, but don’t worry – the contents of your fridge should remain in good condition.
Ice Buildup in the Freezer
The freezer can cause some lingering issues in refrigerators. There is a chance that the freezer door was left open for too long, which caused an increased humidity level inside the box. Instead of trying to cool down the whole kitchen with the freezer, ensure that the door is properly shut. If the door won’t shut on its own, tilt the fridge backward (with help) and raise the front feet on the bottom of the refrigerator. This way, the door will close on its own.
If the seal is faulty, the freezer won’t shut properly either. Clean the seal with warm water, dry it off with a clean town, and the seal should work much better than before. If this doesn’t work, you will need to remove the food from the freezer and adjust the alignment of the door gaskets. Once realigned, put your food back in and plug in the fridge.
When You Need to Call the Pros
While these are simple fixes, there are some caveats to the repairs. For instance, if the temperature of your refrigerator cannot stay in one place, you may have an issue with the thermostat within the unit or the condenser itself – two issues that will require professional help. Also, if you have a severe clog in your water supply line, you will want to consult with a professional before removing it yourself. This is the same practice for an over-iced freezer. The defrost timer may have an issue, and will need professional assistance.
In the end, you will need to use sound judgment when trying to perform manual fixes to your refrigerator. As was mentioned earlier, the last thing you want is a malfunctioning fridge. If you believe the fix is too difficult for you to handle, then get in touch with Apex Appliance Service today and let our friendly staff assist you. Call us in San Diego North County on (800) 603-5543 and our highly skilled technicians will be on their way to you in no time.