Refrigerators are vital parts of your kitchen and your household. They allow your food items and drinks to remain cool and preserved. Unfortunately, they can break down from time to time.
While involving professionals can be necessary, there are a few DIY steps that you can take yourself.
A cost-effective way to maintain your refrigerator is by using a screwdriver and a drill.
Other DIY maintenance tips you can take are checking the coils, the power source, and the controls. Condenser coils should be cleaned yearly. Black coils at the back of the refrigerator don't need to be cleaned as often. We do recommend, however, that you vacuum them once in a while.
Common Refrigerator Issues
Too Much Noise
Close to thirty percent of customers have dealt with a noisy refrigerator. If it is the fan that is producing excessive noise, then you need to replace it.
Won't Turn On
Almost twenty percent of customers report this issue. Your relay capacitor, temperature controls, and control board may need servicing.
The gaskets or inlet valves could be responsible for leaks. A little over twenty-five percent of our customers report this issue. If there is a built-in ice maker, then that could be contributing to the leaking.
Ice Maker Won't Make Ice
Six percent of customers have experienced this. If your ice maker stops producing ice, then you should check to see if the filter needs cleaning, or if the tubes and valves need replacing.
A warm refrigerator is of no use to you. Six percent of customers have dealt with a warm fridge. Look into replacing the air damper or the diffuser, if necessary.
Won't Dispense Water
Around three percent of our client base has experienced this issue. If the water dispenser is not dispensing any water, then look into servicing the inlet valve or the actuator.
Freezer and Refrigerator are Too Warm
The temperature in your fridge and freezer are crucial. The temperature sensor or the temperature control switch need to be looked at. They may need replacing, as well.
One percent of our customers report this issue. If you notice that the lighting is unusually dim, then you need to repair the light socket or bulb. If the lighting is not working at all, then you may have to replace both of the above components.
Door is Leaking
One percent of our customers have experienced this. This can be traced back to a broken gasket and may require a new assembly.
Refrigerator Runs for Way Too Long
One percent of our customers experience this issue. The temperature of the appliance depends on the defrost heater and timer. These components may need replacing if the refrigerator runs for too long.
Refrigerator is Too Cool
One percent of customers have struggled with this. A fridge will become too cold if too much cold air enters the machine. The air inlet damper may need replacing in this case. You may also consider checking the temperature sensor and the control board to pinpoint the issue.
Freezer is Too Frosty
Similar to the refrigerator, excess cold air causes the freezer to become too cold. You may have to replace the temperature sensor or the air inlet damper.
If you are unable to carry out the repairs yourself, then Rapid Appliance Repair in Mill Creek, WA offers repair and maintenance services. We have years of experience under our belts and we have all the necessary tools to get your appliances up and running in no time.