How to Repair Refrigerator

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If you want to repair refrigerator, there is no need to always call a repair person to do it for you. This website will help you to fix some of the common refrigerator problems by yourself at an affordable price.

Make sure to unplug your refrigerator before doing any repair work. After unplugging, check if the motor or compressor has a capacitor. Capacitors can be found in housing, on the top of the motor. Capacitors should be discharged because they store electricity even when the power to the unit is turned off. Precautions should be applied before, or you may receive a severe shock.

Whether it is a leaking water problem, poor cooling or unnecessary noises, we will provide you with the solution to the common refrigerator problems. You can repair the refrigerator with the help of our skilled professionals or by yourself and save money, time and the hassle of waiting for help.

Fridge Door Does not Close or Seal

If you feel cool air coming out from closed door of your refrigerator, there is a chance that the door seal is torn or stretched out. There may be a worn out door cam too. An easy repair solution is the seal can be heated with a hairdryer and formed to help seal the leak. If not, the seal needs to be replaced. If the door cams are damaged, you should replace them.

Open the refrigerator door and grab the inside flange of the gasket. Pull it back to reveal the metal gasket retainer. Loosen the screw with properly sized hex head nut driver. Pull the old gasket off without removing the retainer screw.

Install a new gasket and tighten the gasket retainer screws but not fully tighten. Close the refrigerator door and check if it has warped anywhere. If then straighten it. Recheck the door by pushing and pulling. Finish the process by tightening the retainer screws.

Water Leakage

If your refrigerator is leaking water or you have got ice buildup in the bottom of the freezer, it might be the sign that the evaporator defrosts drain is plugged. Most of the time, the drain is frozen and the ice is blocking the drainage line. First, remove the cover panel. You may have to unscrew the floor panel too.  You can use either hair dryer or insert hot water in line with a turkey baster for a fast and effective way to thaw the ice. Wipe away the melted water with a sponge or cloth. Clean around the drain hole and blow air through the tube. Any tube that fits tightly into the hole works out well. It does not cost you any money.

Poor Cooling

If you have kids around, make sure they have not turned the temperature control dial way down. Vents supply the flow of frigid air. See if the food does not block the vents in the fridge and freezer compartment.  

The condenser coils, located on the backside of older refrigerators and underneath on newer fridges, need airflow. Air needs to flow freely through the condenser coils. If anything is blocking that airflow, your refrigerator may not be able to create the cold. Pull off the front grille and clean the coil every six months. Model with coils underneath the refrigerator has a fan build in it. Dust can slow the fan. Pull the refrigerator and unscrew the cover panel. Vacuum the fan and start the refrigerator.

Noisy Refrigerator

A noisy refrigerator is a headache for the owner. It normally comes from a compressor or a condenser fan motor under the fridge or the evaporator fan motor inside the freezer. Listen where the noise is coming from. If it is coming from the fan, then unscrew the fan from the freezer and unplug the wires. Remove the motor fan from its mounting bracket. Replace the new fan with the mounting bracket and reconnect the wires and screw the new fan. This will help to reduce the noise.

If the sound is coming from inside the freezer, then you need to replace the evaporator fan motor. First, unscrew the back cover panel in the freezer compartment, and the rest is similar to replacing the fan mentioned above.

Icemaker Stops Working

If the water supply is completely or partially blocked then, icemaker produces tiny ice cubes or stops working. First, unscrew the icemaker and unplug the wiring harness. Remove the icemaker, and you will see the water inlet tube. Now, melt the ice in the water inlet tube with hairdryer.

Icemakers are mostly connected to the household water supply by a saddle valve. The needle hole in the pipe might clog. Turn the saddle valve clockwise to unblock it. Reopen the valve after you firmly tighten it to clear any deposits from the pinhole.  

Before replacing the water inlet valve, first, make sure the water is flowing to it then turn off the water at the saddle valve and disconnect the supply tube from the inlet valve. You need to hold the tube over the bucket and if the water flows out of the tube, the water supply is fine. At this point, you need to replace the inlet valve. Purchase a new inlet valve and replace it. Make sure you turn the water back on and check for any leaks before pushing the fridge back to the wall.  

Repair refrigerator is not necessarily a hard thing to do. These problems are common to every householder. This does not mean you need to call a technician to repair your refrigerator every time. Above DIY refrigerator repairs help you to fix your refrigerator and can save your money and time. Apply precautions and follow the steps mentioned.   


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