There are many things that can go wrong with a refrigerator but — lucky for you — most problems are an easy fix.
Whether water has started to pool on the floor or your ice machine has stopped working, there are easy and quick solutions that can help you avoid calling a repairman. Continue reading to learn how to identify and solve your problem.
1. Your Fridge is Always Running
Efficient refrigerators don’t run all the time, so if yours does, there’s a problem. This problem is not only noisy, but expensive as well. Refrigerators are a very power-intensive appliance and allowing it to run nonstop can raise your energy bill significantly.
- One cause for this problem is a buildup of debris and dust around the condenser coils. If you have pets, this problem is more likely. To fix this problem, you will need to unplug your refrigerator and find the condenser coils. They are typically located on the very bottom although newer models sometimes have internal coils. You’ll need to find and remove the grill so that you can vacuum up the debris and dust. After the buildup has been removed, you can replace the grill and plug your fridge back in.
- Another likely cause for this problem is a low refrigerator temperature. You want the temperature to be set between 37 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit. If your fridge is already at this temperature and you are still having difficulties, you may have a defective part such as a condenser, thermostat sensor or fan motor.
2. There is Water Leaking
Water leaking from your refrigerator is never good, but it is also a very common occurrence. If your leak is caused one of the two problems below, you’re in luck. These two causes can easily be solved without the help of a professional.
- One of the most common causes of a leaky fridge is a blocked defrost drain. This occurs when food particles and other debris clog the drain hose, which can lead to ice buildup and, eventually, water leaking out of the freezer and refrigerator. First, using a turkey baster or small funnel, try flushing the drain from inside the freezer with warm water. You can also forcibly remove the clog with a pipe cleaner or straightened coat hanger. You will also need to pull your refrigerator away from the wall and find the defrost drain hose. This will be located in the bottom service panel. You will need to clean out the rubber check valve with hot water and soap.
- Something else that could be causing your refrigerator to leak is a clogged or frozen water supply line. If this is the problem, you will also notice a a slower production of ice and a stop of water flow from the dispenser. To fix this problem, you will need to unplug the refrigerator and locate the shut-off valve. Make sure it is closed, and look for any leaks or clogs in the plastic supply line. If you find that the water supply line needs to be replaced, you can find kits at any local hardware store. They are easy to replace and you will most likely only need a wrench. If there is ice causing the blockage, leave the fridge unplugged for a couple hours to let the ice melt.
3. You Have A Buildup of Frost in the Freezer
If there is a large amount of frost inside of your freezer, you are definitely facing a problem. There are several causes for this all with easy fixes.
- If you tend to leave your freezer door open while putting away groceries or cooking a meal, this could be why you’re seeing an excess of frost and ice buildup. Try to make sure you don’t leave the doors open for long periods of time and check to see if it closes on its own.
- If the seal on the fridge door is isn’t working properly, frost can start to grow. Try cleaning the seal with warm water, soap, and a washcloth. Make sure to dry the areas before closing the door.
- frost can also be caused by too many items being placed in a freezer. If there are too many items resting against the back of the freezer, airflow will be blocked. Move the items around and try not to put too many items in the freezer at once.
4. Your Ice Maker Has Stopped Working
You love ice in your drinks, but your fridge isn’t letting that happen. Maybe its that your freezer is producing your ice differently than before or not at all. Whatever the problem is, most are an easy fix.
- A clog in the waterline could be your culprit as this would restrict water flow. If this is the case, follow the same instructions we have under number two for “There is Water Leaking”.
- Another common problem is a shut-off arm that is stuck in the off position. Many refrigerator ice makes have a shut-off arm that allows the freezer to stop the production of ice when the storage bin in full. Check the arm to make sure it is not accidentally stuck on the off side. If this is the case, remove the ice bin and pour a small amount of water where the arm is stuck. Quickly wipe away the excess water and replace the bin.
- Some fridges have a sensor that detects if the ice bin is in place or not. If the bin is out of alignment due to an ice buildup, it can trip the sensor into thinking the bucket has been removed. This problem can easily be replaced by removing the ice bin and letting it defrost for a few hours. You should also try to melt any ice around the sensor.
Is It Fixed?
Hopefully you have been able to identify your problem and you are ready to fix it. Sadly if the steps above have still not fixed your problem, you may need to call a repairman. Furthermore, if you are unable to fix your fridge leak quickly you may have water damage. Call The Flood Medix to evaluate and solve your problem.