5 Most Common Refrigerator Problems and Solutions

Do you think you might need a refrigerator repair? If your refrigerator is not cooling or just acting up it’s time to call Andy’s. If it’s a major or minor problem let us take a look as we can likely repair the unit and will give you years more use before investing in a new one. We’re going to take a look at the most common refrigerator problems and solutions. Many of these you can handle on your own with little effort.

Fridge isn’t Getting Cold

Your refrigerator should be kept at anywhere between 37 and 41 degrees. If you open your fridge door and hot air comes out, there are a few things you can try yourself before calling for a repair. First, make sure the unit is receiving power. If the lights come on when the door is open, then it isn’t a power issue. Try adjusting the thermostat. Check the vents that blow cold air into the fridge or freezer to make sure they’re not blocked. Vacuum the coils under or behind your fridge to help enhance the cooling. If none of these solutions work, then you may have a condenser or evaporator fan that needs to be replaced.

Items in the Fridge are Freezing

This problem is the opposite of the one above. In this case, the first thing you need to check is the thermostat. Turn the knob to the highest setting. If you hear a “click,” then it’s probably not defective. The unit’s thermistor sends the fridge temperature reading to the control board. To find out if the thermistor is defective, you must do a multimeter test. If you don’t know-how, we can help you.

Frost Build Up in the Freezer

Older freezers tend to build up frost. If you’re experiencing frost build-up, first check for a cracked door seal allowing warm, moist air to enter. This is a common cause of frost in the freezer. If that’s not the problem, you may have an issue with your defrost sensor.

Ice Maker isn’t Working

If your refrigerator’s ice maker stops producing ice, there are number of things to you can check. First, shut off the valve to the household water supply. Pull the fridge away from the wall and look for any kind or tears in the waterline. Make sure the water inlet valve is open. Check the water filter for debris. If the water inlet valve isn’t the problem, then the ice-making machine may have an issue that calls for a new part.

Refrigerator won’t’ Run after Moving to New Location

If you move your fridge to a new home or location, it’s important to keep it upright while transporting. When you lay it down, lubricant escapes from the compressor into the cooling pipes. If you plug it in, the compressor could be permanently damaged. Turn your fridge upright and give the lubricant several hours to settle before trying to run your fridge again.

Need Refrigerator Repair in St. Louis?

If you live in the St. Louis Metro area, or surrounding areas, and have a refrigerator that isn’t working you may be able to repair it and get some more years out of it. Give us a call, and we’d be happy to answer your questions.

(636) 443-6699