Most of us probably think of our refrigerator as nothing more than a giant box of ice, but the truth is that it is an elaborate machine that requires several components to work together in order to keep cold. When your refrigerator is malfunctioning, it could be due to several reasons. While there is no one specific cause for most refrigerator problems, one these four issues seem to be responsible more times than not.
Dirty Condenser Coils
As your refrigerator cools your food, it releases heat to the outside through the condenser coils. These coils, located on the back of the unit, can become coated in a thick layer of dust and grime, making it hard for your refrigerator to adequately release its excess heat. Clean them twice a year using your vacuum cleaner’s brush attachment.
The gasket is the technical term for the rubber seal that runs around the refrigerator door. When properly working, the gasket creates an air-tight seal to help keep cold air in and warm air out. Gaskets are known to dry out and crack, causing a loss of cold air and making your refrigerator work harder to keep cool. This in turn leads to high electric bills and increases the wear-and-tear on your appliance.
The compressor is the heart of your refrigerator – it is responsible for pumping liquid refrigerant throughout the unit much like your heart pumps blood through your body. Compressors are usually the most expensive component to repair, and if yours is shot, you might be better off getting a new refrigerator altogether.
Broken Ice Maker
Having an ice maker built-in to your refrigerator is definitely a luxury… until it breaks. Unfortunately, this seems to be a common occurrence in appliances equipped with this feature. Consumer Reports noted that refrigerators with ice makers are much more likely to break down than those without them.
If your refrigerator is failing to maintain a cool, consistent temperature, the reason is not always obvious. If you think your refrigerator is malfunctioning, call the repair experts at Speedy Subzero. Our licensed technicians can fix any make or model of refrigerator, freezer, or ice maker, and we guarantee one-hour service to Long Island and New York City. Our phone lines are open 24/7/365, so call us anytime at 866-782-9376.