When your refrigerator starts cycling too often, leaking water or growing ice on the walls, don't worry. These common cooling problems can be solved easily without calling a repairman, even if you do not know how a refrigerator works .
You don't even need some nice tools to repair. Here's what you need to know.
Problem: It bikes too often
A constantly running refrigerator is not only noisy, it can also affect your wallet. The refrigerator is already one of the most power-intensive appliances in your home and allows it to run more than it should be able to send the sky of your energy ball high.
Cause : One of the most common causes of a refrigerator running too much (or worse, constantly), especially if you live in an extra dusty environment or have several pets, is a build up of debris and dust around the condenser coils .
Fix : First cut the power to the refrigerator. For most refrigerators, the condenser coils are at the bottom and they are usually accessible on the front or back. (However, some newer models have internal coils.) To access the coils, look for the grill and remove it by pushing out the snaps that hold it in place (or unscrew it where appropriate). Use a vacuum cleaner to remove the buck's brown. If there is a lot of residual debris, use a brush or cloth to gently remove the remaining debris. Replace the grill and reset the power to the refrigerator.
Cause : Setting the refrigerator temperature too low will not only cause your refrigerator to work overtime, it can also freeze and destroy some of your foods.
Fix : You normally want your refrigerator set to between 37 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit (2.8 and 4.4 degrees Celsius). Place a thermometer in a glass of water and place the glass on the chill's center shelf and allow it to sit for at least 8 hours. Adjust the temperature setting regularly in the refrigerator to slowly take it to the desired temperature. If this does not solve the problem, contact a professional, as you may have a defective part, such as a condenser, thermostat or fan motor.
Problem: The leaking water
Water puddling under your refrigerator is never a good sign, but it is also a fairly common occurrence and can usually be solved relatively easily. Water leakage usually depends on one of two problems.
Cause : A blocked defrost drain is one of the most common causes of water leakage. This happens when food particles or other debris dry up in the drainage hose, which can lead to ice build-up and eventually the water leaks out of the freezer and refrigerator.
Fix : First try flushing the drain from the inside of the freezer with warm water, with a turkey bark or a small funnel. You can also try using a pipe cleaner or a straight hanger to force the blanket to clog. If it does not solve the problem, you may have to manually remove the debris that blocks the check valve at the end of the drain hose.
Pull out the refrigerator out of the wall and locate the defrost hose at the bottom behind the service panel. This hose should have a rubber check valve, which helps regulate the humidity and is known to catch debris and clog. Clean the valve with warm water and soap and replace the valve.
Cause : From and even a clogged or frozen water pipe will lead to water splashing under the refrigerator. It will also affect the ice production from the ice machine and slow or stop the water flow from the dispenser.
Fix : Disconnect the refrigerator and place the shut-off valve, usually under the sink, behind the refrigerator, or under the refrigerator in the basement. Make sure this valve is closed and look for any leaks, kinks or clogs in the plastic conduit.
If there is a break in the line, replace the water pipe. If you see a transparent blockage, leave the refrigerator for about 2 hours to remove the plug. If the clog is anything but clear, contact a professional before attempting to remove the clog. When the line has dried, put the refrigerator back in and press it back onto the wall.
Problem: There is ice buildup in the freezer
If your frieze inside looks like a winter wonderland, you have a problem. There are a few reasons for a sudden frost on the inside of your freezer, and some quick, easy solutions.
Cause : Leaving the freezer door open for too long may increase the humidity level in the freezer, resulting in frost and ice build-up.
Fix : The simple solution is not to let the freezer door open longer than necessary, but if you open the freezer or refrigerator doors and they do not close on their own, this can be the cause of the frost. To solve this, pull out the refrigerator out of the wall and allow someone to tilt the refrigerator back far enough to reach the two front foot pedals. Unscrew both feet a few turns. This will ensure that the doors are closed on their own and that the collection of water is properly drained from the freezer and refrigerator. If this does not solve the problem, you may have a functioning defrost timer.
Cause : An incorrect seal can also lead to unwanted frost.
Fix : First try to clean the seal with hot water, soap and a wash cloth. Use a towel to dry the seal and the surroundings and close the freezer. If this does not work, disconnect the refrigerator, remove all frozen impurities and place in a cooler. Lift the gasket edge and use a screwdriver to remove all screws. Adjust the new gasket and screw it in place. Place all food back in the freezer and replace it again.