If you are having problems with your refrigerator, you may wonder if it is time to buy a new one or if the troubles can be repaired. Sometimes, even with an older model refrigerator, repairs can be done to save you from the large cost of buying a new unit. Here are two of the most common problems refrigerators have and how to repair them.
If you notice water underneath your refrigerator, there are a few spots you can check to repair it so that it stops. If your refrigerator is not level, water that collects underneath the unit can spill out of the reservoir onto the floor. If you see water underneath your unit check to see if your refrigerator is completely level. If it has shifted even slightly, water can leak. Use shims underneath the unit to straighten it out or adjust the leveling bolts, if your refrigerator is equipped with them.
If there is water leaking inside the refrigerator it can be due to an ice buildup inside your freezer. The drain tube in your freezer is located underneath a panel on the floor or on the back wall of the freezer. Remove this using a screwdriver and dry out the components using a hair dryer. This can dislodge any ice blocking the drain tube, allowing water to be able run freely through the piece once again.
Leaking water can also happen if the compression nut, holding the water supply line in place, becomes loosened. Tightening the nut using a wrench can stop water from getting out. If the water supply line appears to have any cracking or small holes in the copper piping, the entire piece should be replaced by McIver's Appliance Sales & Service Ltd.
If your refrigerator is not staying cold enough to keep food fresh, there are a few spots you can check to fix this problem. First, make sure that the contents inside your unit are not placed where they are blocking air vents. Also, check your temperature dial to make sure no one has accidentally moved it to a warmer setting. These are easy fixes that need no tools and that people might overlook, thinking that their refrigerator has a bigger problem than it does.
Larger cooling problems would include a buildup of dirt on the refrigerator coils. These are located either underneath or behind your unit. If you have pets in your home, pet fur is a large contributor to covering coils so they do not keep your refrigerator as cool. Vacuuming the coils at least once a year can keep it running to its maximum efficiency.
Another area to check is the condenser fan. This is located on the back of your refrigerator, near the bottom of the unit. If the fan gets clogged with dirt, it will stop running, making the refrigerator stop producing cool air. Vacuum around the blades so that it starts up again, cooling your unit as a result.
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