Quick Diagnostics for Refrigerator Repair Before You Call For Help

February 21, 2022

If you are looking to save costs on your appliance repair, this list of quick diagnostics for refrigerator repair can help. Why do we say that? Because, as the saying goes, time is money. The less time a repair technician has to spend figuring out what the problem is, the less time they have to spend in your home making the repairs or running for parts, and the quicker you can get back to your regular routine.

So without further ado, try these quick diagnostics for refrigerator repair before you call in the repairman:

If Your Refrigerator Is Not Cooling Properly

If you feel that your fridge is too warm or, alternatively, is freezing items that are not in the freezer, the first step is the easiest. Check your temperature gauge to make sure that no adjustments need to be made there.

Once you eliminate that as the cause, unplug your fridge and check your condenser coils. These need proper airflow to function correctly, so you’ll want to make sure they aren’t too close to the wall. Pull your refrigerator out from the wall to create at least several inches of space, and make sure there is nothing on top of the refrigerator that could inhibit airflow. If there is dust or any other object obstructing the airflow, use your vacuum and clean the coils.

Worker repairing fridge in kitchen

If Your Freezer Is Too Warm

If your frozen foods are coming out of the freezer already partially thawed, a defective defrost thermostat might be the culprit. If you are familiar with using a multimeter tool, test the thermostat. If the defrost thermostat does not test within the designated parameters, the thermostat likely needs to be replaced. If the test comes back within designated parameters, do a visual inspection of the thermostat for issues.

Related: Signs Your Freezer Needs Service

If Your Ice Maker Is Not Making Ice

When your ice maker isn’t producing ice, the problem may be as simple as a frozen water inlet valve. If that’s the case, all you need to do is melt the ice to get your ice maker back on track. One simple way to get the blockage to melt is by thawing the waterline with a hairdryer. (Be sure to not melt any plastic parts with your hairdryer!)

Next Step: Call Reliable Appliance To Schedule Repairs

Once you have completed these diagnostics for refrigerator repair, your call to Reliable Appliance Repair will be easier than ever. We will ask a few questions before scheduling your repair – for which you now know the answer – and you and your fridge can get back on speaking terms, with your temper(atures) in check.