If there is one thing that makes the kitchen one of the most attractive places to stay at, it would be due to the presence of none other than the refrigerator. This must-have home appliance is like a treasure trove that contains all of your prized food and drinks, keeping them cold, fresh, and edible for as long as it can. And besides your bed and television, the refrigerator has become one of your go-to things at home when you need some pick-me-up after a long stressful day.
Refrigerators are so valuable that even a slight mishap sends our moms to frenzy and panic. I remember my mom frantically dialing the repairman's number and begging him to come immediately and fix our fridge or else all of our food would go to waste. And refrigerator repairs don't come cheap, especially if the damage begs for a replacement part. However, as challenging as it may seem, you can still try to fix your refrigerator first before calling SOS. And here are some DIY refrigerator techniques you can do if you encounter one of these common fridge headaches.
A little bit of water does sometimes escape from your refrigerator from time to time; however, it is a different story if it's already creating puddles of water on the floor. Two problems often cause excessive water leakage; a broken water supply line or the drainage for your defroster has been blocked off.
A broken water supply line
Your refrigerator’s water supply can sometimes tear or have holes due to clogging in the line. And a simple fix is replacing the tube by a new line which you can easily buy in a hardware store near you. If by chance there is ice build-up clogging the line, let it thaw for an hour or two and you can turn your refrigerator on again. But if the damage is none of the above, then it's probably time to call for help and have your appliance repaired by an expert.
Blocked drainage defroster
Water leakage often happens when you're defrosting, but the water that should have been drained into the tank behind or below your refrigerator starts flowing in other directions. And it's all because your drainage hole is blocked by a build-up of small food debris or by ice. Remove the residue by either fishing it out with a wire or a coat hanger or by running hot soapy water mixture on it.
One of my favorite compartments in a refrigerator is the freezer, just because it’s that one place that keeps your frozen meat and desserts in excellent condition. However, it is a different story if the inside and even the outer rims start turning into Antarctica. You see, one of the most prevalent problems that require a refrigerator repair is excessive ice build-up in the freezer which takes forever to thaw out. And there are several reasons why this happens.
Broken door seal
Just like the main door of a refrigerator, the freezer's entry also has a sealant on its side to keep the extra cold temperature trapped inside the compartment. And due to wear and tear, this seal often breaks or becomes loose. You can try cleaning it out first and drying it thoroughly. But if that doesn't work, then it's high time to replace the gasket which you can either buy from a hardware store or order it from the company that made your appliance. Unscrew the old one, align the new gasket properly, and screw it back in place.
Freezer door left open.
There's a reason why the freezer has its door, and that's to keep the relative humidity of the compartment levelled. But sometimes, either due to laziness or us being in a rush; we often forget to close the freezer door properly. This will cause a sudden spike of humidity which will, in turn, signal the fridge to work double-time in lowering the temperature, causing the excessive formation of ice. Be sure to always close the door properly and make sure that it's sealed tight. If by chance the door is already loose, then you either replace it or tighten up the screws. If by chance these two are not the culprit, then it’s most likely that your defrost timer or even your temperature sensor. And that means it needs its immediate replacement which only a maintenance specialist can do.
Oh, how we love quiet purring machinery in an appliance because that shows that everything is running smoothly and all its components are in top shape. However, if you start hearing some rumbling and rattling noise whenever your refrigerator turns on, then that only means trouble. The not so pleasant noise is often due to loose parts such as the condenser fan, the compressor tubes, defrost timer, or the drain pan.
If it's just the condenser fan, then a little cleaning and dusting are all that it needs using a soft-bristled brush. Meanwhile, if it's the draining pan, then nudge your fridge and turn it around to expose the drain pan. Remove its contents, slide back in place, and screw it tight. But if the trouble lies with either the compressor or defrost timer, then the only way to repair it to replace these parts.
Although your refrigerator is always plugged in, this cooling appliance, like the air-con, has a built-in control timer that turns it on and off from time to time to save electricity and minimize ice build-up. That's because a continually running refrigerator can take quite a big chunk in your electricity expenses if not fixed as soon as possible. And this usually happens if you leave the door hanging open, allowing warm air to get inside. Furthermore, a fridge filled to the brim will always run more than usual to make sure that it cools down all of the food stored inside. But here are the most common component culprits of a continually running refrigerator:
Dirty condenser coils
The condenser can easily be exposed to dirt and debris such as dust and fur. It is usually located at the back of your refrigerator behind the grille. Once you've unscrewed the grille, carefully use a low-powered vacuum and such out all the dirt. Then use a soft brush and dust away from the remaining debris on it. Be sure to clean this up now and then to avoid this problem, or you can also hire a maintenance man who specializes in refrigerator repair and cleaning to do this for you.
Faulty door seal
Notice that white, grey or black rubber at the surrounding your refrigerator's door? That is the gasket that serves a sealant to keep the cold temperature in and the warm air out. As your fridge ages, it undergoes wear and tear, and the gasket is usually the first part that breaks or gets damaged over time. You can unscrew this and replace it with a brand new one. Just make sure to screw it tight when replacing to avoid loosening in the long run.
Fixing your appliance on your own may seem like a daunting and problematic task. Refrigerator designs nowadays are far more advanced with complex machinery and components. However, there are some refrigerator repairs which you can smoothly perform on your own with a little help online. Only, be sure to assess and locate the damaged or faulty parts first before going ahead with your DIY refrigerator repair. In the instance that you're way out of your game with your appliance's problem, then it's the time to call for professional help.
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