The Three Sources of (Almost) All Refrigerator Problems

Refrigerators
never stop working. They are the only household appliance that runs
24 hours a day, which leaves them susceptible to breakdowns and
malfunctions. Fortunately, many of these problems are easy to
troubleshoot and can be fixed without the need of professional repair
services. Learn the three sources of many common refrigerator
problems and the necessary steps to correct them.

Clogged drain pipe.
Signs: The
most apparent sign that your refrigerator’s drain tube is clogged is
the puddling of water – either inside your refrigerator or on the
floor underneath it.
Solution: The
drain tube runs from the freezer and drains water in a pan located
underneath the refrigerator. To unclog this tube, unplug the
refrigerator from the wall and locate the drain hole, which is
typically located at the bottom of the unit behind the vegetable
crisper. Stick a pipe cleaner or a straw in this hole and push it up
and down to loosen the clog.
Faulty gasket.
Signs: If
your refrigerator is not cooling foods properly or is using more
electricity than normal, a faulty gasket may be the cause. To test if
your gasket is performing correctly, close the refrigerator door on a
dollar bill. If you can easily slide the bill up and down or remove
it from the door, the seal is weak and needs to be replaced.
Solution: First,
you will need to purchase a replacement gasket. They are specially
designed for each refrigerator model, so make sure to get the one
that is right for your refrigerator by purchasing it directly from
the manufacturer or a trusted third party vendor. The old gasket can
be easily removed and replaced with the new ones by following these steps.
Dirty condenser coils.
Signs: Dirty
condenser coils can cause your refrigerator to overheat to the point
that it feels hot to the touch. Dirty coils can also cause the
refrigerator to constantly cycle on and off and your energy bill to
spike.
Solution: Cleaning
your refrigerator’s coils requires only a vacuum and 10 minutes of
your time. To clean your refrigerator’s coils, unplug it and slide it
away from the wall. On most models, the coils are located right on
the back of the unit. After locating the coils, use the brush
attachment on your vacuum cleaner to scrub the dust off of the coils
until they are visibly clear, then plug your refrigerator back in to
the wall and slide it in to place.
If
your refrigerator is not operating properly and it is not because of
one of these three causes, there may be something seriously wrong
with it. If you live in New York City or Long Island, you can rely on
the professionals at Speedy Subzero to diagnose and fix your
refrigerator promptly and correctly. We offer 24-hour emergency
service and same-day repairs so call us today at 866-782-9376.

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