How To Fix A Refrigerator

It is without a doubt that the most valuable home appliance is the refrigerator. Most of today’s homes use a machine that can store food and prevents it from getting spoiled. Refrigerators use the latest technology to save energy and at the same time prolong the shelf life of the food. Imagine a world without refrigerators! A world where you need to eat your food right away or it will rot in no time. The same situation can be experienced by homeowners when their refrigerators break. Below are some of the most common refrigerator problems that one can face.


Technician Checking Fridge With Multimeter At HomeA leaking refrigerator might be having the following problems:

  • Door gaskets
  • Ice maker assembly.
  • Seals
  • Water inlet valve

Defective seals or gaskets can cause air leakage which then creates moisture enough to produce water leaks. Most of the time, you can solve this problem by cleaning the gasket. In case it didn’t work, the gasket needs to be changed. You can also inspect the valve and tighten or replace the connectors to prevent problems with the inlet. If you suspect that the leak comes from the ice maker, then you should inspect the ice maker. You may need the help of a professional repairman to do this as it is a very difficult task.


Your refrigerator starts becoming noisy when its condenser fan or evaporator motor has a problem. You will also hear the noise louder by opening the refrigerator door. If you can hear that the noise comes from the freezer, then it means that the evaporator motor has a problem. On the other hand, should noise come from bottom area, then the condenser fan motor is the culprit.

Does Not Start

If the refrigerator does not turn on, then it could be a problem in the electronic controls, the overhead capacitor, or the relay start capacitor. You need to check these parts’ condition with a multi-meter. Always unplug the power cable from the outlet before doing this inspection. You should get the help from a professional home appliance repair company if you don’t have any experience in checking electronic parts, especially with refrigerator repair.

Not making Ice

First thing to check is the water if the ice maker fails to make ice:

  • The water inlet valve
  • Fill tubes
  • Ice maker assembly, and the replacement ice maker.
  • Ice and water filter

It is very difficult to check the condition of each part. It is a wise decision to get help from experienced and qualified repairmen. This way you get to stay cool during hot weathers.

Too Warm

If your refrigerator is too warm then there must be a problem with its baffle or air inlet damper. A damaged damper will cause a reduced cold air flow from enter the food compartment increasing the temperature inside the fridge. You should be very careful not to damage the Styrofoam lining or the seal if it is your first time to inspect the damper.

Does Not Dispense Water

Check the following components if the refrigerator fails to dispense water:

  • The water inlet valve
  • Ice and water filter
  • Water dispenser actuator
  • Dispenser control board
  • Micro switch

There are other parts that need to be checked that causes the refrigerator to fail from dispensing water besides these parts. You should examine each part thoroughly and hire an expert if you can’t find the cause of the problem.

Sweating Door

This is one of the most common problems that homeowners experience. The following are just some parts that might be causing the problem:

  • Door assembly
  • Door gasket
  • Ice door
  • Door hinges
  • Closer clams

You need to immediately replace any part that is already damaged or worn out. Further damage to the compressor and motor should be expected if not replaced promptly.

It is very vital to know how to take care of a refrigerator as this appliance is working non-stop. You can repair simple problems without having to hire a professional. However, for more complex problems such as a damaged motor or compressor, it would be a wise choice to hire an expert from a home appliance repair company.

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