A refrigerator is among the few appliances in a home that runs continuously both at day and night so as to preserve your food. A refrigerator works hard and thus it may break down easily. One may face a high bill of repairing a refrigerator in case it stops working. It is therefore the responsibility of the homeowners to ensure that their refrigerators are in good working condition to prevent such from happening. In case it breaks down, you may not necessarily call a professional to come and fix the problem. This is because some of the repairs needed are minor and thus you can do them on yourself. However, some may be major and you may need a professional to repair. Below are some of the refrigerator repair tips that you may use in case it stops working properly.
Vacuuming and removal of grime and dirt
At times you may note that your refrigerator has become noisy or the electricity bills have increased than usual. All you need to do is purchase a unique wire brush which will fit under the machine. Use it to pull out any dirt and grime found there. After this, vacuum that part using a thin attachment. This might be the main reason of noise in your refrigerator. Another option is clearing all the objects blocking the airflow outside your machine. Always ensure that there is at least 3 inch free space around the refrigerator.
Check the condenser coils
If your fridge stops working properly, you need to check the condenser coils at the rear of the box. Make sure that your box is some inches away from the wall. In addition to this, ensure that nothing is on the rear or at the top that would otherwise block the heat coming off from the condenser coils.
If cooling is the problem, check your fridge before calling a repairman. You need to check if thermostat has been set correctly and if there is light coming in once you open the fridge door. If everything is all right there, look if the fridge compressor is running properly. Compressor motor is normally at the back part of the machine near the bottom part. If the problem is yet to be solved, it may be due to other components. Refrigerators usually have either the Adaptive Defrost Control or mechanical defrost timer. For the mechanical timer appliances, you need to set the coldest setting as well as advance defrost timer. One can use a screwdriver to advance the timer manually by inserting it into the right pinion and turning it clockwise. You may call a repairman if the problem persists.
Check the grill thoroughly
You need to unplug the fridge so as to avoid electrical shocks. The access grill is usually attached to the front part of the unit at the bottom. Remove the grill and rub the dust that may have mounted up on the coils. Use a vacuum cleaner to remove the dust but ensure that you don’t puncture or bend the tube.
In conclusion, the above are some of the refrigerator repair tips that are very effective. You can always use them and if the problem persists, ensure that you call a repairman.