Your refrigerator is likely one of the most important appliances in your home, allowing you to keep yourself and your family fed. If your fridge breaks down completely, it’s certainly an emergency. It’s more than just the practical element of having a refrigerator as well— your refrigerator is a huge investment!
Thankfully, there are some refrigerator troubleshooting tips we can offer to help you keep your fridge up and running. Read on to find out all you need to know about refrigerator troubleshooting to get started with solving the problem.
Not Cooling Enough
If you’ve recently experienced a power outage, added a large amount of food, or just installed your fridge, it may take some time before it completely cools. Once you rule out those factors, consider these refrigerator troubleshooting tips:
- Check settings: some models may have settings that need to be flipped on before you get the total cooling power. Sometimes this gets turned off accidentally, though a new refrigerator may also be stuck in Showroom or Demo mode. Consult your manual to see how to set your refrigerator for proper cooling.
- Look for blocked vents: you should have enough space to let enough air flow between the freezer and fridge. Find out where your vents are and ensure nothing is blocking them.
- Clean condenser coils: while most home fridges don’t require condenser cleaning, a particularly dusty or greasy situation may. Homes with pets can sometimes benefit as well.
Motor is Running too Often
High-efficiency compressors may run differently than your old fridge, so rule that out first. Otherwise:
- Check install: proper installation should avoid locations that are too hot or cold. This means the area should be properly ventilated and between 55°F (13°C) and 110°F (43°C).
- Keep doors closed: leaving doors open for too long or opening them too often can cause the temperature to drop down, making the motor work harder. Keep the door closed and check the seal around the door to ensure it makes full contact.
- Set controls: again, you may need to adjust your controls. Typically the middle setting is great for typical household use. If your setting is too low, it may be causing your motor to run more often.
Loud & Noisy Fridge
Our last refrigeration troubleshooting tip has to do with strange fridge noises. There are a wide range of issues that can cause loud or noisy fridges, from your ice machine to ventilation problems. Take a look at this helpful guide from Whirlpool on specifics, but if anything is out of your wheelhouse, contact a professional like Landers Appliance as soon as you can.
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