DIY Refrigerator Repairs: 3 Problems That You Can Usually Fix Without A Professional

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As a homeowner, you depend on your refrigerator on a daily basis. For the most part, they hold up really well. However, over time, they will likely break down and experience some issues. When this happens, all of the food inside the fridge is at risk of spoiling and needing to be thrown away. While there are plenty of refrigerator issues that require the help of a professional, there are some repairs that you can do on your own with a little bit of know-how. This helps you save time and money, so here are a few refrigerator issues that may crop up that you can troubleshoot—and usually repair—on your own:

1. The Food in your Refrigerator Is Freezing.  

If you notice that the food in your refrigerator is freezing, you've turned down the temperature control. However, despite this, the food is still freezing. More than likely, this means that a temperature sensor (thermistor) has gone out and will need to be replaced. In order to replace it, you will need to unplug the refrigerator from the wall and switch the circuit breaker off so that there is no electrical current. Locate the temperature sensor cover and remove the screw that is holding it in place. This can be on the ceiling, side wall or back wall. Remove the cover and pull the temperature sensor out of the clip so that you can unplug the wire harness. Attach the new part to the clip and wire harness, reattach the outside cover, plug the fridge back in and turn the power back on.

2. The Refrigerator Is Not Running.

If you notice that the motor of the refrigerator isn't operating and that the light inside the fridge is not coming on when you open the door, check the plug-in to ensure that it is receiving power. If it is not, then you need to see if a fuse has been blown or a circuit breaker has been tripped. Also, make certain that the temperature control is set correctly. If all of the above checks out, yet the fridge is still "dead," you will need to call in a professional to investigate.

3. The Refrigerator Is Vibrating.

Vibrating noises coming from your refrigerator are usually the result of loose parts or uneven feet. Inspect all the parts of the refrigerator that you can to see if any are loose. If you find a part that is loose, such as a condenser coil, tighten it with a screwdriver or wrench. To check the feet, remove the trim piece at the bottom of the fridge. All the feet should be planted firmly on the ground. If they aren't, adjust them as necessary so that the weight of the appliance is evenly distributed on all feet.

If you just can't figure out what the problem is, contact a refrigerator repair professional for assistance. The longer you wait to repair the fridge, the more likely it is that you'll be throwing your food away. Contact companies like All Appliance Service Inc. for more information.

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