A broken refrigerator can cost more than the price to replace it; it also results in the loss of food in the refrigerator. A refrigerator typically cycles on and off as it maintains a set temperature inside the refrigerator and freezer compartments. It’s easy to assume the refrigerator has cycled off when it is broken, if you do not pay attention to the temperature inside the refrigerator. Install a thermometer inside both the freezer and the refrigerator compartments to alert you of changes in the temperature.
Warm food or a defrosting freezer are the obvious signs a refrigerator is malfunctioning. Check for power lights on the water or ice dispenser, if the refrigerator is so equipped. Open the doors and check for lights inside. Listen for sounds of the fan running. Adjust the thermostat inside if there is power, but the refrigerator does not seem cold enough. Unplug the refrigerator and plug a light or lamp into the outlet to ensure it has power. Check the circuit breaker or fuse that powers the electrical outlet for the refrigerator.
Pull your refrigerator away from the wall. Locate the compressor at the back bottom of the refrigerator. Listen closely for the sound of humming or a motor running. If the motor is running but the temperature inside the refrigerator is above normal and adjusting the thermostat does not correct the problem, several things can be broken. The compressor might be malfunctioning, the thermostat, relay or defrost timer might require replacement or repair.
Frost buildup on the evaporator coils can cause temperature fluctuations inside the refrigerator. The coils are inside the refrigerator and are not accessible without removing the back panels. You can check a problem with the evaporator coils by looking for ice or frost buildup on the floor, ceiling or walls of the freezer. Frost-free refrigerators use a self-defrosting system that operates about four times in a 24-hour period. Failing coils result in a broken refrigerator.
Underneath the refrigerator is a set of cooling coils that when dirty, cause problems with refrigerator operation. Along with these coils is a cooling fan that also requires regular cleaning. To access the coils and fan, remove the front kickplate at the bottom of the refrigerator. Unplug the refrigerator before vacuuming the coil, fan and compressor. You can access the compressor from the back of the refrigerator for further cleaning. If these solutions do not work, the refrigerator might be broken.
After diagnosis and troubleshooting, give us a call to get your free bay area refrigerator repair estimate. If the cost of you bay area refrigerator repair is less than the purchase of a new one, consider the repair to save money. If you have to replace a refrigerator, check with local appliance or department stores for discounts on floor models. Check with department store outlets for reduced prices on refrigerators.
Brenner, Laurie. “How to Know When Your Refrigerator Is Broken.” Home Guides | SF Gate, http://homeguides.sfgate.com/refrigerator-broken-38902.html. Accessed 01 October 2018.