Fridge Freezer Tips


Common Problems with Fridge/Freezers

Refrigerators are expensive and during a recession the last thing you want to spend money on is household appliances. That is why when there is a problem with your refrigerator/freezer you should identify it and repair it yourself. The following common problems occur frequently with fridges and freezers, especially older models. Check out the common problems and see if the one you are having is identified. Keep in mind the refrigerator is a complicated household appliance and any problem it is experiencing could be the result of several different causes. Many times it is a process of elimination to determine the problem and correct it. Keep in mind, too, that some major repairs should not be attempted by novices.

Problem: Refrigerator is always running, but not cold.

Solution: If your refrigerator is on, but it is not getting cold, then this could be caused be several things. The first thing you should check is the thermostat. It is possible it was turned to the warmest setting and as a result the refrigerator is not cooling. If that is not the case, then you will want to check the condenser coils next. Sometimes they are clogged and need to be cleaned. The easiest way to do this is to vacuum underneath the refrigerator and use the vacuum’s wand to vacuum all the coils and remove as much dust and dirt as possible. If this does not help, then the problem could be due to something else. This could include the condenser fan, the door, evaporator fan, light staying on, and more.

Problem: Continuous refrigerator cycling.

Solution: If the refrigerator is constantly turning on and off, on and off, then you will want to first start by cleaning the condenser coils. The easiest way to do this is with the vacuum cleaner’s extension wand. If once cleaned the cycling continues then you will want to check the compressor and condenser fan. A good rule of thumb is to vacuum under the refrigerator every couple of months to ensure the coils stay free of dust and dirt.
Problem: The refrigerator stopped running.

Solution: If your refrigerator/freezer have stopped running completely then you will first want to check the outlet for electricity. A VOM meter will come in handy and tell if the refrigerator is receiving current. If so, then you will want to check the cord and the plug to see if there are any problems with that.

Problem: The refrigerator is sweating.

Solution: When it is humid it is possible for the refrigerator to sweat on the outside. Most refrigerators have a switch that will control this. Look inside near the control panel and you should be able to find the switch. Turn it on if it is off, otherwise you will need to test to switch to see if it is working.
Problem: The refrigerator is freezing everything.

Solution: Sometimes refrigerators begin freezing food and items inside. To determine the source of the problem check the thermostat to see if it is working properly. If it is on the coldest setting you will want to turn it down some.
These are some common problems you may find with your combo refrigerator/freezer. Many times maintenance and process of elimination can help you keep your refrigerator running properly and correct small problems that arise.  However, if you are still unable to locate the source of the problem, you can save calling an engineer and save pounds by purchasing a good Fridge Freezer Repair Manual.