The refrigerator is one of the most important appliances in any home, and it’s certainly more crucial than your TV. So it can be quite annoying when your fridge acts up and refuses to work properly. However, you may not have to call for professional refrigerator repair in some cases. It’s possible that the problem can be solved on your own, with some DIY ingenuity.
To make sure you actually solve the problem instead of making it worse, here are some tips that can help.
- Be careful when you move the fridge. Most of the time, you will need to move the refrigerator from the wall to fix it properly. When you do move the fridge, make sure you do so with great care. To make sure you don’t damage your kitchen floor, you may want to go to a home center and buy a one eighth-inch hardboard to use as your fridge runway.
- Make sure you get the right replacement parts. You need to get the model number, and you can usually find this stamped on a tag inside your refrigerator. You can also just check your owner’s manual for the model number.
- Do some easy fixes if your fridge won’t cool. In many cases, a fridge that won’t cool can be fixed rather easily. First you need to make sure that the fridge is plugged in and running. If it is, then you should check the temperature control dial. It shouldn’t be too low.
You can then make sure that the vents inside the fridge or freezer aren’t blocked by any food containers. You should also clean the coils with a vacuum cleaner, and it’s best if you do this every 6 months. The problem may also be with the condenser fan, which may not work properly if it’s been clogged by trash or by dust buildup.
- Keep your fridge quiet. It can be rather frustrating when you can’t have some peace and quiet at home because your fridge is too noisy. If the noise is caused by the condenser fan motor under the refrigerator or by the evaporator fan motor inside the freezer, you can just replace the fan motor. You’ll need to remove the mounting screws and unplug the wires, and then you can remove it and install a new one.
However, if the noise is due to a loud compressor, you’re generally forced to live with the noise. That’s because you will need a new refrigerator if you can’t live with a loud compressor.
- Fix the leaks. If you have puddles of water inside or outside the refrigerator, you may be able to solve what’s wrong. You can first check the water supply line for a leak. You can tighten the compression nuts if the inlet valve leaks. If the elk is in the copper or plastic tube, you just have to replace it.
The leak may also be caused by a tilted refrigerator. If this is the case, then you can just level the fridge to solve the problem.
The drain tube may also be plugged, and this may be the cause of the leak. You need to first remove the cover panel, and then you can unplug the drain tube. Melt any ice buildup with a hair dryer, and then use a sponge to sop up all the melted water. Clean around the drain hole, and blow air through the tube to clear it.
Any fridge that doesn’t work well can cause you a lot of problems, but lucky for you the solutions don’t have to be complicated and expensive. Heed these tips, and you can fix your fridge on your own.