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Common Refrigerator Problems and Their Solutions

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Nowadays, it’s difficult to think about what we would do without modern appliances such as refrigerators, so when there’s an issue with your fridge or freezer, it’s helpful to know exactly what to do to fix the issue. Additionally, if you can solve these simpler issues yourself, you may end up saving yourself quite a lot of money by avoiding costly repair fees. Of course, sometimes professional intervention may be a necessity, but for some of the most common refrigerator problems, you could be able to find the solution yourself by reading these key tips on how to solve some of the most familiar refrigerator faults.

Your refrigerator is leaking water:

When your refrigerator is leaking, this can quickly become an issue for the entire kitchen if there’s enough water to cover the floor. There are two main reasons why your refrigerator may be leaking water: you could have a blocked defrost drain or a blocked water supply line. To unblock the drain, you can access it via the freezer and use warm water to remove any debris causing blockages, but if this doesn’t solve the problem, you should check the water supply line for damage, making sure to turn off the appliance and close the shut-off valve first. If this part is damaged, it will need to be replaced.

Your refrigerator is cycling too frequently:

If your fridge is very noisy all of the time, then this could indicate that it is cycling too frequently, which is an issue because this wastes energy and can greatly increase your energy bill. As above, there are two main reasons for this issue: the condenser coils are covered in too much dust or your refrigerator’s temperature is set too low. Make sure you check that your refrigerator is set at the right temperature, and to check the condenser coils for dust, you can find them at the bottom of the appliance. As always, remember to unplug your refrigerator when trying to fix it.

There’s a build-up of ice in the freezer:

Another very common problem is finding a build-up of ice in the freezer. This could just be caused by you leaving the freezer door open for too long, as this increases the humidity levels inside the freezer and leads to more ice, so the simple solution would be to make sure to always close the freezer promptly. If this issue persists, then the freezer’s seal could be faulty and may need to be replaced. Conversely, too much ice on the floor of the freezer could indicate that the defrost drain is blocked. See above to find out how to fix this problem.

Your refrigerator is getting too warm:

A too-warm refrigerator can lead to food spoilage, so this is an important issue to fix. Once again, this could indicate a build-up of dust on the condenser coils, so cleaning the coils is a possible solution. If this doesn’t work, and if you’re ever unsure about how to solve a problem, you may need to hire a repair technician to take a look at your refrigerator. 

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