Refrigerator Repair: Easy or Not?

The one common appliance in our home we all have is a refrigerator.  We rely on it to keep our food cool and safe to eat.  It becomes such a part of our surrounding that we don’t even notice the sounds it makes cycling on and off.  That is until it breaks down.

Sometimes a repair on a refrigerator can be done with just a little effort on our part.  If we know the make and model we can easily look up a repair manual on the internet.  Most manuals will inform us on the basics of where the heaters, condensers, switches, thermostats and fans are located on our model and how to check if they are working.  These basic parts are easily tested and replaced with just a little effort.  When checking several things, it might be handy to keep a log on a piece of paper or in a notebook of what you tested and the result.

It is important to discharge the capacitor of the motor/compressor before you even attempt to check a component of the refrigerator.  This is because the capacitor will hold a charge even if the electricity is unplugged.  It is not enough to simply unplug it since electricity is stored inside the unit.   You can get severely shocked if you do not properly discharge it first.

There are many do it yourself websites that will walk you through some of the common refrigerator repair problems.  You simply find what your particular problem is and it helps you to check different things that may be the problem.  They also inform you on routine maintenance that can stop a problem before it even begins.  This can save you time and money.

If all else fails, you at the very least might be able to tell if your refrigerator is worth repairing before you call in a repairman.  Repairs can get expensive.  Part are not always easy.  You have to pay for a repairman time and effort, not to mention being charged for the part.  It might be just as easy and cheaper in the long run to buy a new refrigerator.

By educating yourself on common problems and common solutions along with simple maintenance of your refrigerator, you just might be able to keep it working for a long time.  You can save yourself the trouble of calling a repairman or purchasing a new one.

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Refrigerator Repair Tips – Try These Before Calling For Service

Atlanta refrigerator repair

Atlanta refrigerator repair

While there are times when calling for a professional refrigerator repair service is necessary, sometimes the problem with your fridge is something that you can take care of on your own without making the call and spending the money. Let’s now take a look at a few common complaints we hear about people’s refrigerators and some refrigerator repair tips about what you can do if you have the same issues.

One of the most common things that comes up is that people find food frozen (or partially frozen) in the refrigerator, even though they haven’t turned the temperature thermostat down. This can be very frustrating when you plan to use some food and suddenly find an ice block instead! Not to mention, it can ruin some foods, such as lettuce and other produce, since it doesn’t really thaw out all that well.

The most common reason this happens is because the air vent that circulates air between the refrigerator and freezer becomes blocked for some reason. One of the more common reasons for this is simply having items too close to the vent area, and rearranging things can eliminate the problem.

Refrigerator and Freezer Repair Atlanta

Refrigerator and Freezer Repair Atlanta

One thing to mention though, is that if you’ve recently experienced a power-outage, it could be that your refrigerator and freezer began defrosting, leading to some ice melting. Then, when the power came back on, the water that had accumulated in the vent area froze up, blocking the vent.

When the air vent is blocked and there isn’t proper circulation, the temperature sensors in your fridge will signal to the compressor to keep on working and cooling, more than it actually needs to. This in turn can lead to temperatures dropping way too low and the eventual frozen food problem.

If you suspect that there is ice build-up creating the problem, you’ll want to remove all the perishable items and store them in a cooler full of ice while you fully defrost your refrigerator. Hopefully that will resolve your problem. *Make sure to put towels on the floor when you defrost, so that the water from the melted ice doesn’t go all over your floors.

Another problem can come from refrigerators that have built in ice makers turned on, but that do not have a water source connected to them. Similar to the situation above, this causes the sensors to become “confused” that there is no ice being produced, and so the compressor tries harder by becoming colder.

To solve this problem, you simply need to turn off your ice maker (or hook up the water supply!) If this doesn’t work though, you may indeed have a problem with your temperature controls and having a professional refrigerator repair technician have a look may be your best bet.

Another common problem that comes up frequently with ice makers is that they suddenly stop producing ice. Most of the time this is simply because the metal bar in the ice maker is stuck in the UP position, signaling that the ice bin is full (even if it is not). All you need to do is lower that bar, and you should begin to get ice cubes in your freezer once again.

We hope these pointers are helpful to you, and that maybe they allow you to pass on calling someone out for a repair call unnecessarily. However, if you find that you DO need professional repair work done, make sure you call the Best Refrigerator Repair Atlanta has to offer. We would be happy to help you out.

—– Bonus Refrigerator Repair Tips ——

Refrigerator and freezer smell? Wipe it down with some white vinegar, then rinse well.

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While our main focus is refrigerator repair, we often have other useful bits of information we like to share with our customers.  You can come here to read about other DIY tips, home improvement recommendations, or even product reviews, in case you discover that it really is time for a new fridge.

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