Repair Your Domestic Refrigerator
Why can It be a costly affair?
Getting your domestic fridge repaired can cost you a lot of money. That can happen for two reasons: either your fridge is broken, or you will be ripped off.
Under being ripped off, I mean taking money from you even for those parts that are not faulty. No matter what type of fridge you have something can go wrong. If you haven’t been cleaning it from time to time, then the fridge can break down even faster than usual.
Find the real problem
Fridges are not easy to repair because they employ a gas system that acts as a heat exchanger when it is under pressure. If you have a problem with the changeover valves or the compressor, you will need to require a professional to repair it because you can only break it even more.
Before taking a look at what’s broken, you need to know what type of fridge you have. Do you have a domestic fridge, fridge freezer or a freezer?
Falling Air refrigerators cool with an evaporator that generates cold air. The Evaporator metal plate is placed at the icebox if the fridge is smaller and at the back, if the fridge is bigger. These types of refrigerators contain old technology, so the temperature at the bottom and the top of the fridge is never the same.
When you open the door, the cold air goes out, and the fridge is literally fighting to keep the air inside cool. Due to constant hard work, the refrigerator system can break.
What you can do?
If you want to save your fridge and if you want it to keep working good you need to defrost it and clean it at least once every few months. Doing this will prolong the working time of the fridge, and it will cool better in the meantime.
Forced Air fridges are very similar to the previous type. The cool air is being blown down by the evaporator, but the problem is the frost that builds up on it from time to time. This type of freezer should be cleaned regularly in order to prevent blockage. If a blockage occurs then, the fridge will start getting warmer because the cold air cannot get out.
Before you start repairing your fridge, you should read the manual. It is vital to follow the safety guide to prevent injuries. Saving a few bucks is not worthy of your health and life.
Go online and read forums about similar problems with the same type of fridge as yours. You can find solutions to problems with the faulty thermostat if the door seals are damaged and allowing hot air to come in if there is a blockage in the gas system.
If your fridge is noisy, that might be an indicator that something is wrong with the motor or there are blockages in the gas pipe. However, a cooling fan for cooling the compressor you don’t have to be worried because that’s what’s making the noise and you don’t have to repair your domestic fridge.
Kevin Allen says
I have a Kenmore fridge/freezer that’s probably 20+ years old. Height around 66”, width 36”, depth 31 1/2”. Recently freezer has gone back and forth between 10-40 degrees.
Had a repair guy come by and he cleaned the base, coils, etc. Worked fine for less than a day then started the temp fluctuations.
Know next to nothing about appliances but have been told the compressor may be the problem. Motor also getting a little noisier than usual.
Assuming I should bite the bullet and buy a new or used replacement.
If you agree, I’ll find something in your inventory to buy if you’ll deliver the new appliance and take the old fridge with you.