Refrigerator is an integral part of every home and problems with the refrigerator need urgent response. The last thing you want is a pile of smelly things which spoiled because you didn’t know how to fix the problem. Professionals are often too expensive and you have to wait for them too. All the refrigerators have similar parts because the system of cooling is the same. In this article we will point out the most common problems which lead to refrigerator malfunction. Most of them you will be able to detect and repair yourself after reading the article and watching the video.


The most common problems are dirty condenser coils (they have to be cleaned every six months), faulty evaporator fan motor (refrigerators usually have one evaporator fan motor but some bigger model have two or three motors), faulty condenser fan motor (this is the motor on the back side of the refrigerator), faulty start relay (it powers up the compressor), faulty temperature control thermostat (if everything is running but the refrigerator is not cold enough it is probably the thermostat), faulty start capacitor (it gives boost to the compressor), faulty thermistor (it monitors the air temperature), faulty temperature control board (not so common but it happens), defective compressor (not common but expensive, check everything else first) and defective main control board (that almost never happens but it may be due to the manufacturer error).

In the video below you can see where all the parts are located, what they look like and how to fix most common problems when your refrigerator is not working.

Required tools: 1. Waterproof utility gloves; 2. Screwdriver; 3. Screwdriver tester and 4. Electrical multimeter

Video source: applianceassistant