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Troubleshooting Your Refrigerator

Most of the time our refrigerators do their job, but when something goes wrong, it can throw your routine into chaos. Considering the average temperature we keep our homes is somewhere around 70 degrees Fahrenheit, the food in the fridge won’t last more than four hours without power. If you know a few troubleshooting tips, you may be able to fix any fridge problems quickly.

If the temperature is off

Either your fridge is too cold or too warm, and either way it’s a problem. Food in the refrigerator needs to be kept no warmer than 40 degrees Fahrenheit, and if you have a combination refrigerator/freezer, the freezer portion should never be above 0 degrees Fahrenheit. 

If your refrigerator compartment keeps freezing your food, the problem is most likely that your temperature sensor has died. Fortunately, this is a fairly easy fix, but if you don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself, be sure to call for refrigerator repair in Portland.

If the refrigerator is too warm, there are a couple things to check. It is possible the cold setting was accidentally turned up too high. Try turning it down a bit and see if that helps in an hour. If the door was accidentally left ajar, keeping it tightly closed for 24 hours will return things to normal.

If the fridge is always running

Try turning the temperature control up and down. This may stop the fan running, and it could be that the thermometer is not reading temperatures correctly. If the thermometer is only a bit off, it may be possible to use the fridge normally simply by setting the control a bit higher or lower.

Another thing to check are the condenser coils. These are usually located below the fridge or at the back. These coils release the fridge’s heat, and if they get dirty the refrigerator does not work efficiently. Sometimes cleaning these off will fix the problem.

Finally, check the drain tube under the coils and make sure it hasn’t clogged. If that doesn’t stop the compressor from running, you probably need to have a technician take a look to ensure your control, timer, and heaters are all working.

If the fridge doesn’t work at all

The first step should always be to check the plug. Many people don’t think to do this, especially if the fridge was obviously plugged in and working previously. However, you never know when a child or pet might accidentally unplug something.

Next, check the breaker for your refrigerator’s electrical socket. If the circuit breaker was tripped, flip it back on. If it trips again as soon as you do, there could be something wrong with the breaker. If the circuit breaker has no problems, try plugging a lamp into the refrigerator’s power socket to make sure the socket has power.

Finally, check that you have correctly set the cold control on the refrigerator. If this was knocked off or set at too high a temperature, this could be why the fridge doesn’t appear to be working. If none of these are the issue, call for professional help.

If the refrigerator leaks

The most common cause of a leak is a clogged tube, a full pan, or a clogged drain. Check the tube that drains condensation into the drain pan under the fridge. This tube should be clear and clean. If it’s not, replace it.

Next, check that the pan has not developed a mold problem. This can cause it to overflow and is also a possible health hazard. Clean the pan with some bleach to take care of the issue. Finally, check that the drain from the freezer hasn’t clogged up.

If none of these fixes work for you, be sure to call professional refrigerator repair so you can be certain that you’ll get it fixed again as soon as possible.