As we all know, refrigerators are one of the most central appliances in our kitchen, important for keeping our food fresh. But sometimes they act up and need some fixing. There's quite a few things you can have a look at yourself, before having to call upon professional help. Here are some common issues and how to deal with them:
- Not cooling properly:
- It may seem obvious, but check if your fridge is still plugged in and getting power.
- Then, make sure the temperature settings are right.
- Clean the dusty coils in the back or underneath it. These can and will collect dust and debris over time, affecting the cooling power of your refrigerator.
- Also, ensure the door is closing properly, as hinges are subject to wear and tear and even an ever so slight crack in the door will dramatically affecting cooling power.
- Too much frost in the freezer:
- See if the door seal has any tears and needs replacing.
- Make sure the door is closing all the way.
- Check the defrost timer, heater, and thermostat for issues.
- Leaking water:
- Look for any cracks in the water line or the defrost drain.
- Also, check the drip pan underneath.
- Making weird noises:
- Again, clean up any dust or stuff around the coils. This can really slow the machinery down.
- Tighten any loose bits like the fan or motor.
- Add some oil to the fan and motor to keep things quiet.
- Ice maker not working:
- Look for any kinks in the water supply line.
- Check the water inlet valve for blockages.
- Make sure the temperature settings are just right for making ice.
Keeping your fridge in good shape can extend its life with many years!