Like any electronic or mechanical device, your fridge will also have problems from time to time. Most of these will have easy fixes, and will be covered under manufacturer or extended warranty. Some of the problems you can take care of at home before you call a serviceman and some will require a professional to fix. However, in some cases a refrigerator problem may not be easy to fix and replacements may be required. Here are the most common refrigerator problems and what you can do about them.
Refrigerator Problem #1: Fridge Not Cooling
This is probably the most common problem people face, and the reasons for this are as follows (ordered as most likely to least likely).If the condenser coils at the back of your fridge are visible, they can collect dust/cobwebs and be too dirty to work properly. Clean them thoroughly and check if the problem is fixed.If the condenser fan motor is not working, it will not draw air through the condenser coils and over the compressor. You will need professional help to replace or repair the motor.
Refrigerator Problem #2: Fridge Not Defrosting
This is the second most common problem, and the causes are ordered from the most likely to least likely to occur. Defrost Control Board – If the board fails, the refrigerator will not go into the defrost cycle. You will need professional help to diagnose and replace this. If the defrost timer is defective, it may not advance into the defrost cycle, or it may not send power to the defrost heater during the defrost cycle. This may need replacement.
Refrigerator Problem #3: Freezer is Cool, but Fridge Stays Warm
When this happens, the freezer remains cool, but the fresh foods compartment does not cool or stays warm. The problem that might cause it is listed in order of likelihood of occurrence. If the defrost heater assembly is defective, frost will continue to accumulate on the evaporator coils, and the coils will become plugged with frost. A professional will fix this for you. If the defrost control board fails, the refrigerator will not run the defrost cycle, and frost will continue to accumulate on the evaporator coils.
Refrigerator Problem #4: Fridge Leaking Water
If the defrost drain is frozen, the water will overflow the drain trough and trickle down to the bottom of the compartment from where it can eventually leak onto the floor. Check the defrost drain to determine if it is clogged or frozen. If the defrost drain is frozen, thaw the ice. In addition, flush the drain with hot water to ensure that it is clear of debris.Inspect the water tank assembly for any leaks that is causing the water to flow out. The leak may be very small and hard to find. If you discover a leak, replace the water tank. Do not attempt to repair the water tank—glue will not stick properly to the plastic of the tank. This requires professional help.
Refrigerator Problem #5: Fridge Freezing Food
If the temperature control thermostat is not working properly, it may cause the refrigerant system to run longer than necessary and the refrigerator will be too cold. Check at the lowest setting and if this is still happening, call for help. If the thermistor is defective, the compressor and evaporator fan may run too frequently and the refrigerator will be too cool. This may need replacing.
Refrigerator Problem #6: Light Not Working
In most cases it is the light bulb that is defective, and simply replacing it will do the trick. In case of LED strips or the light still not working after replacement, it is likely that the light board or socket has a problem, and is best checked by a professional.These refrigerator problems might strike any time after you purchase the appliance. While manufacturer warranty will cover repairs for up to a year, any repairs after that time will be costly. However, if you purchase an extended warranty, your fridge will be protected for longer, and repairs or replacements can be done by authorised service persons.