Are you dealing with refrigerator issues? Some common problems you can troubleshoot and diagnose on your own, but others are simply out of your hands that require the assistance of an appliance repair expert. Below are three refrigerator problems that you may face and what to do about them, though you still may need to call an expert in for the actual repairs.
Problem #1: Your Refrigerator Isn't Cooling Properly
If your refrigerator isn't keeping your food cold, the first thing that you need to do is to check the thermostat setting. You could have accidentally bumped it or your children could have been messing around in the fridge and changed the setting.
If the temperature setting is fine, then there is a good chance that the problem lies with the condenser coils. Because these coils are located beneath the refrigerator, they can easily get dirty. When they get dirty, they are unable to properly get rid of heat when refrigerant moves through them, which is necessary for the refrigerator to stay cool. The coils can be cleaned, though, which will allow them to efficiently do their job again.
In some cases, though, it can also be the motor for the condenser fan or the evaporator fan. When either of these start to fail, the fridge is unable to cool properly. Usually, you can check both of these by turning the fan blades. If the blade won't turn on its own freely, then it needs to be replaced.
Problem #2: Your Refrigerator Is Leaking Water
Have you noticed that there is water pooling in the floor beneath or around your refrigerator? While this is most definitely cause for concern, it happens to more homeowners than you may imagine and it can usually be resolved pretty quickly and easily. As a general rule, water leakage is due to a couple of different reasons.
The first reason is that your defrost drain is blocked, frozen or both. Food particles or debris may be clogging the drain hose, which could eventually lead to the buildup of ice and eventually the seepage of water.
You have a couple of options to remedy this situation. You can use warm water to flush the drain to try to remove the clog and to unfreeze the drain. You can also try to use a straightened coat hanger or a pipe cleaner to remove the clog.
Another potential cause of the water seepage could be a problem with the water inlet valve. It could be damaged in one way or another, resulting in a leak. Check it for cracks or any other damage and ensure that it is secured tightly to
the supply line.
the supply line.
Problem #3: There Is Frost/Ice Build-Up in the Freezer
While a winter wonderland may be beautiful under the right circumstances, it isn't what you want to see when you open your freezer. However, there are explanations and remedies for the frost build-up in your freezer.
In fact, the simplest one may very well be the one you're looking for, especially if you have kids in the house. If the freezer door is open for an extended period of time, frost and ice will begin to accumulate inside of the freezer due to the rising humidity level. If the door is not easy to shut on its own, the feet may need to be adjusted. You should also check to ensure nothing obstructs the door from shutting.
At the same time, you could be dealing with a bad seal. As refrigerators age, seals will experience wear and tear and will eventually need to be replaced. Check the seal for any signs of damage. If it is good, then you should try to clean the seal with warm, soapy water and thoroughly dry it before closing the door again. If this doesn't seem to keep the unwanted frost and ice out, then the seal definitely needs to be replaced.
If you are having problems with your refrigerator and you can't diagnose the issue, don't worry. You can rely on the experts at A-1 Professional Appliance to diagnose and repair the problem with your appliance. Contact us today to schedule