The refrigerator. The most important appliance in your household. It keeps your food fresh and makes sure that it can last a long time. Because most refrigerators are on all day, every day, 24 hours, they can easily have faults and stop working. When your refrigerator breaks down, it can break down your schedule too and all the food you have stored is at risk if you don’t get it repaired quickly.
Luckily, a refrigerator is an easy household appliance to troubleshoot and replace faulty parts for on your own. Simply using a screwdriver and a drill, you’re often able to buy spare parts cheaply and resolve any faults the refrigerator has yourself. Usually, however, we’d recommend calling a professional repair engineer to sort the issues quickly and easily, saving you valuable time and setting you free from the chance of voiding your warranty.
There are some repairs, however, that you can save money on. Instead of hiring an Appliance Repair company, you’re able to check things such as the controls, power, the coils and even the seals.
Because the fridge is such an important appliance, we recommend that you maintain it regularly. Cleaning the coils once every 12 months can help extend the life for your fridge. Learning how your refrigerator works are imperative to keeping it maintained and working as well as the day you bought it.
The 11 Common Refrigerator Issues
- Very Noisy
Refrigerators make noise, there’s often no fix for that. But if it happens to become noisier, it can be the fans on the fridge that require replacement. If you leave this unattended to, not only will it get noisier, but also it can stop your fridge working altogether.
- Failing to Start
Check your capacitor (not the flux capacitor) for your refrigerator and ensure that the control board and controls for temperature are correct as per your manual. If they are then you’ll need to hire a professional company, like us. Around 18% of our customers report issues with fridges starting.
Leaking appliances are frustrating and can cause more damage than you might think. Check your valve for the inlet to make sure that water can flow effectively and also ensure the gaskets are working as expected. If your fridge has an ice maker, ensure that this is working as it could be the cause.
- Ice Maker Not Making Ice
Fridges with built-in ice makers can often be at fault. If yours has stopped making ice, it’s possible that the water inlet could have an issue, either that or the filter. Ensure that there are no leaks or structural damage.
- The refrigerator is Too Warm
If your refrigerator is too warm, you’ll know fast. How quickly is your food going bad?
Check the diffuser, fans and ensure that the door seals are working as they should. This is a common issue, you can also check your temperature and ensure it’s set as per your manual.
- No Water Dispensing
If your fridge water dispenser is not working, make sure that the water inlet valve is not leaking or blocked, sometimes minerals can build up in this and cause further issues if not sorted.
- The Freezer and Fridge Sections are Too Warm
Check your temperature controls and compare them to your manual, if both your fridge freezer sections are warmer than they should ensure that the fans and temperature controls are working by testing them.
- Lighting is faulty
Usually, a faulty light can be fixed by a simple bulb replacement if it’s not the bulb it could be the socket. Should the light be dim, it could require repair.
- The fridge cools for too long
If your fridge is running for a long time, it could be either the defrost timer or the heater, both of which regulate your temperature. Also, check that your fridge doors are closed and sealed properly.
- Sweating Door
Usually, when the seals are at fault, your refrigerator door can sweat. This could require professional assistance as the door may need replacing.
- The fridge is Too Cold
Check first your temperature controls and the thermometer to ensure, monitor them together. If your damper for the air inlet is faulty, this can cause your fridge to become too cold.
Although we recommend against DIY on any appliance to avoid damage to warranty or to yourself, you may be able to resolve the above issues with the pointers we’ve given. If not, please call us at Jeremy’s Appliance Repair today for your assessment and speedy repair done by professional, certified engineers who are the best in the industry.