How to Fix a Broken Refrigerator?
Home Ownership Tips for North Texans
A fridge is the backbone of a kitchen. Any sort of malfunctioning can jeopardize the sweet harmonious clockwork of a household, making basic fridge-troubleshooting an important skill to learn. It’s a good way to get work done quicker while cutting costs. In addition to that, it certainly doesn’t hurt to be self-reliant.
Identify the symptoms
Luckily, common refrigerator repair issues are easy to spot. Usual problems include: fluid leakage, impaired cooling, excessive noise, broken ice-maker, and no power start up. Sometimes a glitch is unisolated and related to some other malfunctioning component as well. These are difficult to tackle and require the assistance of a professional. In simpler cases, an amateur DIYer has a good chance of saving the day.
Primary reasons for water puddles are clogged up defrost drains, damaged water inlet valves, and busted water tanks. The first thing to do should be to check the fitting of the inlet valve and look for cracks or fissures. Minor shreds can be patched up with epoxy sealants. In case of water tanks, replace the entire unit. Epoxy can serve as a temporary solution but a new component is essential for long-term usage. For defrost drains, unclog the pipes. Use hot water to thaw out ice and clear the passageway.
Refrigeration can be adversely impacted if the condenser coils and motors aren’t doing their job correctly. Coils are mechanisms which dissipate heat from the system. Usually located in the lower part of a fridge, they are easy to find.
Optimum cooling performance can be restored by cleaning the coils thoroughly and sweeping out the debris. Condenser fans that are placed just above the coils require some maintenance work as well.
Make sure that the fan-blades spin freely and maintain a consistent speed. If there are fluctuations in the speed, replace the part as it usually implies a defective electrical component.
Usually, loud noises from a refrigerator are a result of jammed condenser in fan blades. Remove congestion, and note noise output. If the problem persists, check for the evaporator fan motor located at the back of the freezer. Look for objects restricting smooth movement of the fan, adjust the position so that nothing is in contact with the blades. If the fan continues to be noisy, you may want to consider getting a new one.
A Final Word
Try your hand out at home repairs, but never put your health at risk in the process. Never engage in dealing with serious electrical defects, as improper handling in such cases can be dangerous.
Whenever in doubt, always seek an expert’s help.
About the Author of this Guest Post
Taylor Gill owns and writes for All Pro Appliance and Refrigerator Repair.
He helps families t0 make sure their home appliances are working just right!
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