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How To Troubleshoot Your Refrigerator

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If you have noticed problems with your refrigerator, such as it not getting cool, it freezing all your food, or the ice machine isn't working, it is time to troubleshoot it. This allows you to look at the main problems with your refrigerator so you can figure out what is wrong and hopefully fix it. Here are some tips for troubleshooting your refrigerator and deciding if it is time to call a repair technician.

The Refrigerator Won't Cool

One of the most common issues with a refrigerator is that it no longer cools properly. This can be either the refrigerator section, the freezer, or both. The first thing you should always do when an appliance is no longer working is make sure it is plugged in, and that the coordinating circuit is turned on. When you open the door, the light should turn on, otherwise it might have an electrical issue. Also check the vents in the back of the freezer to be sure nothing is blocking them. This lets the air circulate properly.

Next, check the thermostat setting. Sometimes when you are stocking or cleaning out your refrigerator, you accidentally turn the dial. Check to be sure it is still set to a cold temperature. You can also try vacuuming the coils behind or underneath the refrigerator, as clogging of these coils may affect how your fridge cools.

The Refrigerator is Too Cold

On the opposite end of the spectrum, you might have a refrigerator that is too cold. Believe it or not, this is not a good thing. You might notice that when you place items in the refrigerator, they turn to ice very quickly. It can be troublesome if every time you put a carton of milk in there, it is a large ice cube in several hours. If things are freezing or getting too cold, check the temperature setting for your refrigerator. Similar to if it isn't getting cold, you also want to make sure the vents are clear with no obstructions. If neither of these are the issue, you likely need help from an appliance repair technician.

The Refrigerator is Noisy

The last thing you want to do late at night is have trouble sleeping because your refrigerator makes so much noise. Even if the noises aren't so loud that they are bothersome, it can still make some odd noises. They are not usually normal and a sign that there is a problem with the appliance. You should check a few different things to troubleshoot the problem. First of all, if you have a frost-free refrigerator, mild popping or hissing is normal. If you don't have this type of fridge, check that the refrigerator is sitting level on your kitchen floor. You should also check for problems with the condenser fan, evaporator fan, drain pain, and the compressor mounts.

The Refrigerator Keeps Running

If you hear the refrigerator running constantly, this is another sign that something is amiss. You can start by removing everything from your freezer and defrosting it. When too much ice gets built up in a freezer, it causes issues with air circulation. You should also check the door switch and door seals, as well as the condenser coils.