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Here’s How to Fix a Fridge Yourself

Easy fixes for common problems in Fridges
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A fridge is one of those appliances we can simply not do without. It helps keep your stuff fresh. If you think about it, it’s quite amazing that it does not break down often. But when it does, its repairs can be costly, and not only that, you could lose all the food stored in it. This article will tell you about a few ways of how to fix a fridge.

Repairing or fixing a fridge is not that hard. With the right amount of knowledge and patience, you can fix a lot of things yourself. However, don’t be shy to call a professional if you are unsure about anything or think you can’t repair it on your own.

There can be many reasons why your fridge is not working or cooling well, and some of these can be very easy to fix. It can be that the plug has become loose, or someone accidentally turned down the thermostat. The ventilation on the back of the freezer can get blocked by things like ice creams, so these items must be cleared for air to be able to circulate. Coils get clogged by pet hair under and behind the fridge, resulting in the fridge’s poor cooling, so the coils should be regularly cleaned or vacuumed.

For some other bigger repairs that your fridge might need, read on.

Leaking Refrigerator

What do you do when you see water on the kitchen floor, under your fridge, or on the inside of the refrigerator? These leaks can be fixed by checking the door gasket, the drain pan, and the defrost drain.

If the door gasket does not seal properly, water can leak out. Clean the rubber seal and the door part that it touches with warm and soapy water. You might need to change the gasket completely if the leak continues even after the cleaning. Check if the drain pan has filled with so much water that it is spilling out. Empty the drain pan and clean it too. Unclog the defrost drain of the freezer to try and stop the leakage.

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The Fridge is Not Cooling Enough

If you feel the food in the fridge is spoiling sooner than it should, or your fridge is not cold to the touch as it used to be, then first check the thermostat. Next, check the rubber door seals. If you have placed things inside the fridge that might block air passage, move them away from the back. Another way of retaining and maintaining the cold is by putting more and larger items inside the fridge.

Build-up of Frost

Vents get blocked due to the build-up of frost. If this is happening, your freezer needs to be defrosted. The defrosting of a freezer can sometimes take a whole day, so you will need to keep your perishable items either in a cooler or at a neighbor or friend’s house.

Evaporator Fan

The evaporator fan motor, if broken, will prevent air from circulating freely in the unit. This will need to be replaced and requires a little bit of technical knowledge to do so.

Final Thoughts

The repairs mentioned above are easy and simple and can be done by almost anyone at home. When you notice something amiss, first check and inspect the fridge properly and try fixing the problem yourself before calling in a professional technician. Performing these little fixes can and will save you money and time on appointments for services that you can do on your own.

Lisa Lee
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Lisa Lee is a proud mother of three living in sunny San Diego county. With three children under 10 years old and a pet pug named Daisy, Lisa sure has her hands full. Before starting her career as a family lifestyle writer, Lisa worked as a third grade elementary school teacher. Through her time teaching and parenting, Lisa has become quite the expert at dealing with children and wishes to share her vast knowledge and experiences with other fellow parents.

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