How To Fix A Refrigerator?

Refrigerator is undoubtedly one of the most valuable appliances you will find in modern homes. Almost all households need a machine to store and prevent their food from spoiling. This modern equipment uses the latest technology to turn on at regular intervals and keep the food cold. Imagine your life without a refrigerator. You have to eat your food without delay or it will go in the garbage. Homeowners can face a similar situation when their refrigerator stops working. Here are some common problems that refrigerator owners can face.Technician Checking Fridge With Multimeter At Home

Noisy

When there is a problem with the evaporator motor or condenser fan motor, your refrigerator will become noisy. Your appliance will become noisier when the refrigerator door is opened. If the noise appears to be coming from the freezer area, it means there is a problem with evaporator motor. Alternatively, if the noise is coming from the bottom, it means there could be a problem with the condenser fan motor.

Leaking

Your refrigerator may be leaking because of problems with any of the following:

  • Seals
  • Door gaskets
  • Water inlet valve
  • Ice maker assembly.

Air leakage in defective gaskets or seals can create in excessive moisture and potential water leaks. At times, cleaning the gasket will solve the problem. If this does not help, you may have to change the gasket. Problems with the inlet valve can avoided by inspecting the valve and by replacing or tightening the connectors. If the water is leaking from in or around the ice maker, you must check the ice maker assembly. This is a difficult process and you may have to get help from qualified technician to complete the task.

Does Not Start

A problem in the relay-start capacitor, electronic controls, or the overhead capacitor can cause this problem. You will need a multi-meter to check the condition of these parts. Before checking these parts, make sure to cut off the electric supply to the machine. If you have any experience in checking these electronic parts, it is in your interest to get help from an appliance repair company.

Not making Ice

If the ice maker does not make ice, you must inspect the water:

  • Fill tubes
  • The water inlet valve
  • Ice and water filter
  • Ice maker assembly, and the replacement ice maker.

Checking the condition of each part is not easy. Getting help from a qualified and experienced repairman will ensure that your refrigerator starts making ice and helps you stay cool during summers. 

Too Warm

A problem with the air inlet damper or baffle can affect the air flow from the evaporator fan. If the damper is damaged, it can reduce the flow of cold air entering the fresh food compartment. This can increase the temperature inside the refrigerator. If you are inspecting the damper for the first time, you must be extremely careful as even a small mistake can damage the seal or the Styrofoam lining.

Does Not Dispense Water

If your refrigerator does not dispense water, you must inspect these components:

  • Ice and water filter
  • The water inlet valve
  • Water dispenser actuator
  • Micro switch
  • Dispenser control board.

Apart from these parts, there are several other parts that can prevent the refrigerator from dispensing. Inspect each part carefully and get help if you are unable to identify the problem.

Sweating Door

This is another common problem that users face. Some of the parts that can cause this problem include:

  • Door gasket
  • Door assembly
  • Ice door
  • Closer clams
  • Door hinges

If any part is worn out or damaged, replace them immediately. Delay in replacing the damaged parts can damage the motor and the compressor. 

A refrigerator is one of the most hard working appliance and it is important that you learn to take care of this appliance. Simple problems can be repaired without professional help, but for major problems like a damaged compressor or motor, it is best to get help from an appliance repair company.

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