Refrigerator Problems – How to Fix them by yourself

How to Fix Common Refrigerator Problems

Do you come across these issues? Ice maker of your refrigerator is not working properly or your refrigerator runs at its full tilt all the time. Or your freezer is filled with frost. If so don’t be afraid. We’ll help you fixed these refrigerator problems without calling a repairman.

1Refrigerator is running around the clock

If your refrigerator is in a good condition it is not running at all the time. If it does, it produces a noisy environment and also it will greatly affects to your expenditure. Because refrigerators are one of the most power-intensive home appliances.

Cause: Buildup of dust and debris around the condenser coils

This is one of the most common reasons for these types of issues. If you are having several pets or living in a dusty environment the root cause for the issue would be this thing.

How to fix:

Follow these steps

  1. Unplug the refrigerator from AC power.
  2. Typically, the condenser coils are at the very bottom. They can be accessed in the front or back. To access them, look for the grille and remove it by popping out the snaps or unscrewing.
  3. Remove the dust and debris by using a vacuum cleaner. If they still remain use a wipe cloth or a brush to gently remove the remaining debris
  4. Replace the grille and plug the refrigerator to AC Power.

Cause: Set the refrigerator temperature too low

This may be lead to freeze and spoil some of your foods as well

How to Fix:

The temperature within a refrigerator should be between 2.8 and 4.4 degrees Celsius (37 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit). To adjust it to this standard temperature does the following.

  1. Take a glass of water and place a thermometer inside it.
  2. Place it on the middle shelf of the refrigerator at let it remain for at least 8 hours.
  3. Adjust the temperature of your refrigerator periodically in such a way that it will slowly come to the standard temperature range.
  4. If the problem is still remains you have to consult a professional. It may be due to having a defective part such as a thermostat sensor, condenser or a fan motor.

2Leaking water from the refrigerator

This is common issue which can be resolved relatively easily. Typically water leakage happens due to one of the two reasons.

Cause: Having a blocked defrosts drain

This might be usually happens when food particles and other debris block the drain hose. This would lead to buildup ice and thereafter leaking water out from the freezer and refrigerator.

How to Fix:

  1. Flush the drain from inside the freezer with warm water.
  2. Use a pipe cleaner or strengthened coat hanger to remove the clog.
  3. Check whether it is having any debris that blocks the check valve at the end of the drain hose. If so make sure to remove it.
  4. Find the defrost drain hose located at the bottom back service panel which is having a rubber check valve. This helps to regulate the humidity. Most probably it may be having debris. Clean them with soap and warm water.
  5. Reinstall the valve.

Cause: A clogged or frozen water supply line

It will also affect to the ice production from the ice maker as well. As a result it would slow or stop water flow from the dispenser.

How to Fix:

  1. Unplug the refrigerator from AC power.
  2. Find the shut-off valve, located under the sink, behind the refrigerator.
  3. Check whether it is closed.
  4. Look around for any kinks, leaks or clogs in the plastic supply line.
  5. If you find any break or tear in the line , replace the water supply line
  6. If the water line is unbroken, then ice is the culprit.
  7. Leave the refrigerator unplugged for 2 hours to remove the clog.
  8. Plug the refrigerator to AC Power.

3Heavily buildup of freezer ice

This may be due to few possible causes and let’s see how to fix them.

Cause: Leave the freezer door open for a longer period of time

This may lead to increase the humidity level inside the freezer. As a result frost and ice buildup inside.

How to Fix:

  1. Don’t leave the freezer door open for a longer period of time.
  2. Make sure that the freezer and the fridge door closes on its own.
  3. To solve the issue screw both front pedestal feet of the refrigerator out a few turns so that the door closed on its own.

Cause: A faulty seal

How to Fix:

  1. Take warm water, soap and a washcloth.
  2. Clean the seal around the inside of the freezer door.
  3. Dry the seal and the surrounding areas by using a towel.
  4. If the problem still remains try to install a new gasket.

Cause: Too many items placed against the rear freezer wall

This will lead to block the airflow. As a result, it would buildup frost.

How to Fix:

Make sure that you keep your food packages away from rear freezer wall, and they are not blocking any freezer vents.

4The ice maker is not working

Cause: A block in the waterline is restricting water flow

A kink in the waterline can also lead to the same problem.

How to Fix:

  1. Turn off the water supply with the shut-off valve
  2. Unplug the fridge’s power supply
  3. Leave it for few hours so that the ice causing the clog should melt away.
  4. Or else use heat from a blow-dryer to do it fast.

Cause: A shut-off arm is in wrong position

In many cases shut off arm of fridge ice makers designed to stop ice production when the storage bin is full. They might be get stuck in the off position

How to Fix:

  1. First check whether there are any ice buildups in the arm.
  2. If so melt it with hot water.
  3. Take a kitchen towel and quickly wipe away the excess moisture.

Cause: Tripping of sensors

Some new fridges have sensors to detect the presence of the ice bin. If ice buildup between the freezer wall and the bin, it could push the bin out of alignment. As a result it might trip the sensor. In that case the fridge thinks that the bucket has removed and ultimately it will stop the making of ice.

How to Fix:

  1. Remove the storage bin.
  2. Let it defrost for a few hours.
  3. Melt any ice around the bin sensor with slightly hot water.
  4. Remove any remaining water by using a clean towel.
  5. Return the bin back to its place.
  6. Cool down

These simple steps might help you to solve your refrigerator problems without much hassle. But if you still come across any issues or malfunctioning, call for a repair professional. If the problems still persists, it’s time to buy a new refrigerator.

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