Refrigerator Problems 2018-02-28T10:50:44+00:00

TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE TO REFRIGERATOR PROBLEMS

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How to troubleshoot all of your refrigerator issues:

If your refrigerator is not working properly, you may want to do a little troubleshooting before you call a professional. You can often save a lot of money on repairs if the solution is simple. The following is a troubleshooting guide for possible refrigerator problems and solutions. Some issues are so simple that you definitely want to check yourself before you pay a professional to come out to handle them.

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Your refrigerator does not run, and the light does not work:

  • Ensure that your refrigerator is plugged in tightly.
  • Check your fuse box for a blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker.
  • Check the outlet to see if it has current.
  • Examine the power cord for any damage.
  • If the refrigerator is plugged into an extension cord, unplug it.
  • Check the voltage of the outlet; make sure it is appropriate for your refrigerator.
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Your refrigerator does not run, but the lights work:

  • Make sure the temperature is set properly.
  • House the refrigerator in an area large enough to provide three inches of space between it and the walls to the right, left, and back; and one inch above it.
  • Check the condenser coils; make sure they are clean.
  • Unplug the refrigerator and wait two hours before plugging it back in. If it turns on, you may have a problem causing the compressor to overheat.
  • Test your temperature control.
  • Test the evaporator fan.
  • Test the defrost timer.
  • Test your compressor relay.
  • Check your overload protector.
  • Test your compressor motor.

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The refrigerator light does not work:

  • Try replacing the bulb.
  • Test the door switch.
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The refrigerator fails to cool down to the desired temperature:

  • Check your temperature setting.
  • Make sure that there is an adequate space cushion around the refrigerator to facilitate airflow.
  • Examine vents for any blockages.
  • Test the temperature control.
  • Clean dirt and ice from the condenser coils.
  • Check the door seals for any breaches or cracks.
  • Make sure the door switch works.
  • Test the defrost heater.
  • Check the defrost timer.
  • Test the evaporator fan.
  • Check for a clog in the drain tube.
  • Check for refrigerant leaks.
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The temperature is too cold:

  • Check your temperature setting.
  • Test the temperature control.
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Your refrigeration unit makes unusual or loud noises:

  • On frost free refrigerators, hissing and popping sounds are normal. The defrost heater makes these sounds.
  • Make sure the refrigerator is sitting level.
  • Check the drain pan.
  • Inspect the condenser fan.
  • Check the evaporator fan.
  • Inspect the compressor mounts.
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Your refrigerator runs continuously:

  • Defrost the freezer.
  • Clean dirt and ice from the condenser coils.
  • Check the door seals for any breaches or cracks.
  • Test the door switch.
  • If you recently stocked the refrigerator, adjusted the temperature control, or are in a humid location, refrigerators can run for 24 hours or more before reaching the desired temperature.
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Refrigerator starts and stops intermittently:

  • Clean dirt and ice from the condenser coils.
  • Check the voltage of the outlet; make sure it is appropriate for your refrigerator.
  • Check the condenser fan.
  • Inspect the compressor relay.
  • Test the overload protector.
  • Check the compressor motor.
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The freezer does not defrost automatically:

  • Check your defrost timer.
  • Examine the defrost heater.
  • Test the defrost thermostat.
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The refrigerator emits an unpleasant odor:

  • Remove any spoiled food.
  • Clean the interior with a solution of hot water and baking soda.
  • Clean the door seals.
  • Remove the breaker strips and check for any wet insulation.
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Water is pooling inside the refrigerator:

  • Examine the drain pan.
  • Check the water supply hoses that serve the water inlet valve for any blockages.
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When You Should Contact a Pro:

While our troubleshooting guide can help you figure out what’s wrong with your fridge and the possible causes, it’s always best to get a professional opinion if you decide on not troubleshooting the issue yourself or you’ve misdiagnosed the cause of the issue.

At West Coast Chief Repair, we offer refrigerator repair services for homeowners and businesses across Los Angeles and our technicians can help get your refrigerator working as good as new.

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