Repairing a refrigerator opens up several blind spots that may seem too hard to manage. However, repairing a standard refrigerator may be costly to the user, especially when you consider the cost of purchasing new spare parts to fix your refrigerator.
But how do you know your refrigerator needs repair? Below are some tips for identifying if your refrigerator needs a full overhaul.
Refuses to switch on
Picture this; you have come home from a long day and find out your refrigerator is not on. Your first instinct is to panic and wonders whether you might have had something to do with the malfunction. The first thing to check is whether it is plugged in well. Check the socket connecting the refrigerator to the power supply, and find out whether it is rightfully connected. As modern connections have separate connections and circuits for large appliances, it is advisable to check whether the fuse has tripped out. Suppose you have a different or adjacent freezer. In that case, it is also best to determine whether the freezer is connected to the socket s opposed to being connected to an extension, which accelerates the likelihood for a fire, or power surge, making the refrigerator fail to function. If all these options fail, consider yourself a new owner of a malfunctioned refrigerator needing a relay capacitator.
The refrigerator door doesn’t close.
This is a regular occurrence with fridges that aren’t adjacent to the floor. If the fridge door isn’t well leveled, the door refuses to close shut. Therefore, it is best to position the fridge at an angular level, which puts pressure on the door to close. The door might also not close due to the blockage of the entryway due to building ice. By cooling the ice on the door using a heating gun, the fridge might slam shut. However, if it doesn’t close or becomes too warm, schedule professional help by contacting your nearest service provider.
The fridge’s interior light isn’t working
When opening your refrigerator door, the internal light should automatically switch on. Failure to this indicates the bursting of the light bulb. Replace the blown-out bulb and check to see whether it is still working.
The food isn’t becoming frozen, or it is becoming too cold
When food isn’t being cold to the point, it becomes flaccid; the refrigerator is probably not working. Check the thermostat to determine whether it is set n the right parameters. This also indicates the failure of the thermostat to work when the food becomes too cold. Reset the thermostat to the correct parameters and retain the right temperatures for the fridge. If it doesn’t work, the refrigerator probably needs a technician to rest it to its optimal standards and replace the temperature sensor.
The refrigerator is leaking
Leaking refrigerators are as a result of gasket malfunction whereby the water inlet valve needs replacement. The icemaker may also be the root cause of water leakage, especially if it needs replacement.
Steps to self-repair a malfunctioned refrigerator
When refrigerators malfunction, the first step consumers consider is calling the technician to repair the anomaly. However, how convenient can it be if you choose to repair your fridge immediately? This will save you tons of cash and protect your well deserved time and effort to contact your service care provider to fix your refrigerator.
However, where do you start?
- Unblock the saddle valve
The refrigerator saddle valve can clog, making the ice maker fail to function correctly and causing a blockage that can influence the other refrigerator operations’ functionality. However, by locating the saddle valve underneath the kitchen sink and turning it clockwise to unblock it, you can eradicate various complications.
- Check the inlet valve.
The inlet valve operates by turning the ice maker supply on or off. To check whether the inlet valve is working, the inlet valve is disconnected from the supply tube to check if water flows out of the tube. The inlet valve is probably spoilt as the valve’s nut needs to be compressed if it does. You can replace the inlet valve by replacing it by unscrewing the cover panel, unscrewing the wires, and installing it with a new inlet valve. Check for leaks before placing the refrigerator back to its corner.
- Check the back cover panel.
You can quickly check the back cover panel’s functionality by observing the level of water leaking on the floor of the compartment. To fix this, remove the cover panel and unscrew the floor panel for repair.
- Clean the condenser coils
Over time, the condenser coils gather dust obtained from the room airflow emitted during the refrigerator’s cooling process. This slows down the cooling process, thereby making the refrigerator less efficient in its job. By cleaning the condenser coils by removing the dust and debris between the rings, you jump start your refrigerator to work dependably and efficiently. The condenser coils are located at the fridge’s top base by holding the crevice tool as flat as possible. However, fridges with black coils do not require annual cleaning.
Market trends on refrigerator repair
With the wave of appliance innovation and structure advancements, refrigerators change every day to boast additional and cool features. Looking to replace or purchase a new fridge? Below are some trends you should watch out for in the fridge appliance market:
- In-Fridge window designs
Modern refrigerators are coming with inbuilt glass windows that enable you to check inside without opening your fridge door, thus saving energy.
- Additional storage areas
You can never have too much storage space. The new refrigerators have door to door storage areas which enable quick access to goods without opening the entire door. There are also additional beverage zones and more drawers for vegetable storage.
- Temperature controlled compartments
Appliance engineers are aware that consumers store different items in their fridges, most of which require varying degrees of cooling temperatures. Therefore, modern fridges are boasting temperature-controlled departments for different goods, making them last fresher for longer.