3 Common Refrigerator Malfunctions to Consider When Diagnosing Your Appliance

Fred's Appliance
August 25, 2014

Whether it’s 2 in the afternoon or 2 in the morning, your refrigerator is constantly working to preserve your food. Unfortunately, all that hard work can periodically lead to a component malfunction. To help you diagnose your appliance’s performance hiccup, we’ve listed the symptoms of 3 common issues that plague refrigerators around the country.

1. Have you noticed a spike in your refrigerator’s usually steady temperature? If you’re nodding yes, don’t jump into panic mode just yet. While there can be multiple reasons behind this malfunction, one typical defect that can cause a temperature increase is a fridge light that refuses to turn off. To determine whether or not you’re dealing with a damaged light switch, you need to first confirm the light is staying on when you close the appliance’s door. Fortunately, testing the switch is quite easy and only requires you to push the button the door activates when closing. If the light stays on the switch is malfunctioning and will need replacing. If it turns off, you are most likely dealing with a more serious issue that warrants a call to your local refrigerator appliance repair company.

2. The convenience of an ice maker is often taken for granted, until the ice coming out begins shrinking in size. When filling your glass with ice seems to take forever, a malfunction is definitely at play. Unfortunately, tiny ice is a symptom of a clogged water supply. To remedy the blockage, you will need to remove the ice maker to reach the water inlet tube. If you are not experienced in refrigerator repair this process is best performed by a professional appliance repair technician.

3. When your refrigerator runs constantly, you’re not only permitting it to waste energy, but you’re also allowing its life expectancy to lessen. As with most malfunctions, a continuously running fridge can be caused by a number of defects, however an improperly sealed door is one of the more common sources. While a deteriorating gasket is often the problem, you should also check to see if the refrigerator is level and whether or not the hinges of the door are misaligned or loose which can cause the door to sag. A properly sealed door keeps the cold air in and the hot air out, which saves your fridge from working overtime.

If you suspect your refrigerator is malfunctioning and you’re unsure of how to fix it, please contact us today and we’ll be happy to help you remedy the problem.

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