When your refrigerator or freezer stops working it can be costly, not only in repairs, but in the replacement of the contents. Your refrigerator and freezer are one of the appliances in your home that runs day or night, keeping your food cold. When you consider how hard your refrigerator or freezer has to work, it’s amazing they don’t break down more frequently. It’s always advisable to call Appliance Repair of Scottsdale Company at 480-289-9778 when you’re having trouble with your refrigerator or freezer – not only can we fix them when they are broken but we can perform regular maintenance on your appliances as well and keep them in tip-top shape.
- If your refrigerator isn’t making ice or is having water dispensing problems check these things:
1. Check for leaky water tube or jammed ice chute if the ice or water isn’t dispensing. 2. Check for clogged water line or defective water inlet valve if ice maker is producing ice infrequently or poorly. 3. Check to see if the ice maker has been turned off if it has stopped producing ice.
- If you think your refrigerator or freezer isn’t running cool enough (38 – 44 degrees for refrigerators, 0-10 degrees for freezers) then:
1. Turn the thermostat up to the next highest setting. If it comes on, let it run for 24 hours and check temperature to confirm it is working properly. 2. Clear/remove anything blocking the air flow around the outside of the refrigerator (on top, underneath, behind, beside, in front of, etc.). Allow 3" of clearance all the way around. 3. If there are condenser coils on the rear of the box, make sure the box is several inches from the wall and that nothing is on top at the rear, blocking the heat from coming off the coils. 4. If the condenser coils are underneath the refrigerator, clean the coils with a vacuum cleaner thoroughly at least twice a year, more often if you have pets. 5. Refrigerator coils located underneath the refrigerator should be cleaned at least annually, again, more often if you have pets. 6. Refrigerators that constantly run can indicate improper functioning due to low refrigerant level, a dirty condenser coil, a malfunctioning seal, or improper air flow.
- Is your refrigerator or freezer door is sticky or not closing properly?
Wipe off the face of the gasket with a wet rag and make sure the interior shelves, drawers and food are not preventing the door from closing from the inside.
- If your freezer is not self-defrosting and the temperatures begin to rise.
1. Check the frost buildup on the inside of the freezer. If it is heavily frosted, manually defrost the freezer by turning it off at the thermostat. Unplug from the wall and allow 12 hours for the unit to defrost, with both doors open.
Important Tip - for your non self-defrosting freezer - Defrost the freezer once a year or as often as needed, using the proper defrosting methods. DO NOT USE a knife, pick, hammer, chisel, screwdriver, etc. or any sharp object.
Important Tip - Follow all procedures outlined under the refrigerator heading.