Here are some broken fridge repair tips and tricks from Appliance Repair Calgary that could extend the life of the unit, help you diagnose the real problem or make it clear you have to call for service before the repair bill becomes insane?
Before you assume the refrigerator requires repair, check the door for alignment and that the seals are completely sealed when the door is shut. Sometimes a bent or loose door hinge causes the door to fail to seal properly, and the issue seems to be a failing compressor, leaking condenser or general refrigerant leak. If the compressor or condensers themselves are banging, grinding or making extra noises, you need to call for service. Minor clicking when the compressor tries to engage could be fixed by replacing the equivalent of the starting capacitor, but there may be other problems, too.
If your freezer is frozen but the fridge is warm, check the vents. If your refrigerator sends cold air to the freezer before venting the rest to the fridge, the issue could be too many boxes of ice cream stacked over the vents or an iced over vent. If your fridge has separate compressors for the freezer and fridge, then a cold freezer means the problem is likely only the compressor for the fridge, assuming the thermostats are set correctly.
When the fridge doesn’t seem cold enough and you’ve ruled out these other causes, make sure the thermostat is set properly. You don’t want to call for service when the solution is turning down the thermostat because someone accidentally turned that instead of the humidity setting. And you will have to pay for someone to show up for fridge repair even if all they do is reset the controls.
There are times where condensate from the freezer drips into the fridge and freezes on the thermostat. If that’s the case, thawing and drying the thermostat is enough to get a proper reading. If the thermostat is erroring out, try power cycling the refrigerator (turning off and back on either at the control panel or unplugging from the wall). If the error doesn’t go away or new errors show up, call for someone to do the refrigerator repair.
If the refrigerator is making extra pinging or bubbling noises, there is a refrigerant leak and you need to call for service. If there are no odd mechanical noises or sounds of air in the system, check the evaporator coils. Clean the coils if they are dirty and make certain there is at least two feet of space around the fridge so that the fridge can vent the waste heat to the surrounding air effectively. After you’ve cleaned the coils, look for small bubbles or holes in the coils. If you see either, you need to call for the coils to be repaired or replaced, as well as a recharge of the refrigerant.
Ice makers in a fridge increase its repair rate about 50% above the repair rate of similar models without an ice maker. If the ice maker doesn’t make ice, first make sure the water valve is on and water is flowing through the hoses. Water freezing in the inlet hose is solved by thawing out the line and trying again. If you’ve had a water leak in the freezer that caused the ice maker to be encased in ice, you need to have the ice maker replaced. If the unit is grinding excessively or you’re getting pieces of metal or plastic in the ice, call for service.
Many refrigerators have defrost heaters in them to prevent frost build up. If the heater never comes on, the element may be burned out and needs to be replaced by a pro. If the freezer floods when the defrost cycle starts, the solution is to clear the blocked drain in the freezer. If the heater is always on, turn off the fridge and call for service to fix the fire hazard. If the electrical connections to the defrost heater are loose, such as when the unit can’t always turn it on, call for service.
Many refrigerator error codes are due to problems with the control board or the sensors. You can try to clear sensor errors by power cycling the fridge to essentially reboot the control board and checking the wiring of the sensors. Call for a fridge repair service if the sensor error remains, when new error messages occur or if the problem is down to the control board.