A refrigerator is far more than a household appliance meant for convenience, it is a necessity for the storage of different foods and beverages so that they don’t spoil. There are so many different brands and models to choose from that you are going to be able to find the one that suits your household, lifestyle, and budget. It is something that you need, but you also want one that looks great in your kitchen too.
Like with any other appliance, regardless of how important it is, they all have an average lifespan. “For a refrigerator, the lifespan is around 10 years,” according to Damon Paulson, owner of a local service for appliance repair in Ogden. “This is a give or take estimation because the better brands are going to be able to last longer than others,” Paulson says. One of the best things that you can do in order to properly take care of the refrigerator is known as much as you can about your particular model. The owner’s manual is going to be the best resource to do this.
Below we have compiled a list of issues, troubleshooting tips, and other recommendations that are going to help you maintain your refrigerator so that it lasts as long as possible.
NOT RUNNING OR TURNING ON
When this happens, you may need to check the compressor overload relay and the thermostat on the machine. You may want to enlist the help of a professional for these types of issues. Before you get to these complicated diagnostics, you should check to make sure that the fridge is plugged in, that the cord is not damaged, and that the circuit breaker that the refrigerator is on has not been tripped.
STRANGE, LOUD NOISES
Every refrigerator makes some sort of noise, but there is a difference between these noises and the loud noises that will catch your attention. When these loud noises arise, it is an immediate sign that there is a part in the refrigerator that is wearing out. The evaporator fan motor and the condenser fan motor are the most common sources of loud noises and they should be checked for wear and damage.
WON’T MAKE ICE
Many of the modern models come equipped with ice makers, which is a great feature to have. Although it may not affect how the refrigerator works, it is still something that will need to be repaired when it isn’t working. You will need to examine the water fill tubes, the water inlet valve, and the ice maker itself. Whichever of the three it may be, it is easy to get the part you need from the manufacturer’s online site.
REFRIGERATOR LEAKING WATER
There are two different things that will cause a refrigerator to leak water; the water inlet valve and the door latch and seal. The water inlet valve is the valve that is connected to the water line that is located in the back of the refrigerator. The door latch and seal are two parts that will be easy to inspect, and it will be easy to find the replacement parts for them.
FREEZER GETTING TOO COLD
It may sound impossible, but that is far from the truth. Freezers should operate around 0 degrees Fahrenheit and refrigerators operate around 40 degrees Fahrenheit. If the freezer gets too cold it can result in the waste of the food that is being stored in the freezer. Because of this, you are going to want to fix the problem as soon as possible so that you are not throwing away a bunch of food. If this happens to your freezer you are going to want to make sure that the freezer is set to the proper temperature. Then you are going to have to check the thermostat and the defrost timer.
REFRIGERATOR GETTING TOO WARM
Just like if it is too cold, if it is too warm it is going to ruin the food and beverages inside it as well. This is another one of those problems that will end up costing the owner a lot of money in wasted food. This problem can be caused by the air inlet damper, evaporator fan, defrost thermostat, defrost heater, or the defrost timer. It can be difficult to identify which of these parts is actually causing the problem if you are not trained to know what you are looking for. Calling in a professional is going to be the best course of action in this case.
There are a lot of different working parts in a refrigerator including the refrigerator, freezer, and the ice maker (if it has one). It is a complicated system that is required in order to keep the fridge and freezer cold. It is an important appliance that can be difficult to fix if you have no experience doing so. The owner’s manual is going to be your best source for being able to troubleshoot any problems that may arise. It is ok that you don’t feel comfortable doing these repairs, that is why there are professionals out there in the first place to call. Give these companies a call:
San Diego Appliance Repair
San Diego, CA
Ogden Appliance Repair
Lees Summit Appliance Repair
Lees Summit, MO
Mr. Ed’s Appliance Repair