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Investing In Better Appliances

3 Common Refrigerator Problems And How To Repair Them

by Julia Wood

Refrigerators aren't a cheap appliance to purchase, so it's disappointing when something on them breaks. Some problems are things you can easily repair yourself, without the use of a handyman. See below for some common refrigerator problems and solutions to repair them yourself.

1. Ice-maker Stops Working

If your ice-maker suddenly stops working or is only making small cubes, the problem could be a blocked water line. To check the water line, first take out the ice-maker. Follow the steps below for instructions on how to do this.

  1. Unplug your refrigerator before beginning. Then take the screws out that hold the ice-maker in place. Then disconnect the wiring harness and remove the ice-maker. This will help you to see the water inlet tube. Check to see if the tube is frozen. It can freeze up if there isn't enough water pressure coming through the valve. 
  2. Next, locate the water tube valve that supplies water from a faucet to your refrigerator. You'll need to check this tube to see if it is clogged. It may be located in your basement, or run beneath your refrigerator and to your kitchen sink. Clear the clog or replace this tubing if you cannot clear the clog.

2. Refrigerator Leak

Your refrigerator can leak for a number of reasons. It can leak from your ice maker or water dispensers, but other issues can cause your refrigerator to leak as well. See for instructions on how to repair a leaking refrigerator.

  1. First check the ice maker/water dispenser inlet valve at the back of the refrigerator. Tighten the nuts holding it in place and check to see if the tubing is leaking. If the tubing is leaking, replace it with new tubing.
  2. Next, check that your refrigerator is level. If it isn't level, the water that drips out of your refrigerator can puddle on the floor as opposed to dripping into the holding pan below your refrigerator. 

3. Freezer Not Cooling

​If your freezer or refrigerator isn't cooling properly, check the problems below:

  1. Look at the temperature dial and change the setting to colder to see if this helps.
  2. If this doesn't work, check the vents inside your refrigerator and freezer to be sure they aren't blocked by food or beverages. Blocking these vents can block the colder air from coming into your refrigerator or freezer.
  3. Clean the condensing coils at the back of the refrigerator for older models and at the bottom of newer models. They can become clogged with dust, pet hair and other debris. Clean these coils with a cleaning brush. For newer refrigerator models, be sure to also clean the condensing fan, which can also become clogged with debris.

These are all common refrigerator problems that can be repaired yourself. If you have other issues with your refrigerator, contact a reputable refrigerator repair company like Appliance Technology for help.