Refrigerator Repair: Refrigerator Problems

Your refrigerator is probably the most used and most important appliance in your home. And likely in all of the homes throughout the United States. They are so important that all of them have one. “It is a smart idea for you to take the time to go through the owner’s manual on your refrigerator in order to understand the proper use and maintenance,” according to Lee Butler, owner of Tuscaloosa Appliance Repair.

There are so many different types of refrigerators and a ton of different brands. Many refrigerators come equipped with freezers and they come in different sizes, designs, and styles. There are French door models, top freezers, bottom freezers, and side-by-side. There are also different sizes to suit the size of the kitchen and the family that will be using it. Amana seems to be one of the most prevalent brands out there.

No matter the type of refrigerator you have, most of them have an average lifespan of around 10 years. Some brands may last longer depending on the quality. Regardless of the refrigerator, proper maintenance and appropriate use are going to allow that refrigerator the whole of its’ life. It is very possible for many homeowners to handle a lot of different repairs that their refrigerator will require, but don’t hesitate to call in a pro for those problems that are more complicated.


Here is a list of some of the most common problems that people will encounter, causes, and ways to handle these issues.


The compressor overload relay is a common cause for this issue. But, before you go checking this part for damage, there are a few other things that should be checked first. You will need to check to make sure that it is plugged in, the outlet is working properly, and that the cord has not been damaged in some way. “You will also need to check to make sure that the circuit breaker that the refrigerator is on has not been tripped,” says Ronald Lucas, longtime professional appliance repair in Alhambra, CA.


Your refrigerator needs to maintain a certain temperature in order to make sure that the food and beverages in it don’t spoil. If this problem arises, you will want to start with the air inlet damper and check for any malfunctioning. If this seems to be in order, check the defrost heater, defrost timer, defrost thermostat, and evaporator fan. This can be a tough problem to handle and it may require a professional to fix it.


Many of the modern refrigerator models come with a freezer that also produces ice. Like with any machine, ice makers are prone to issues. These issues include making ice very slowly or not making it at all. There are three different things that you will need to look at; the water inlet valve, the water fill tubes, and the ice maker itself. It is very simple to purchase whatever part needs to be replaced from an online parts site.


Loud noises are usually one of the first signs something is wrong. When your refrigerator starts to make loud noises, the first thing to check is the evaporator fan motor. If this seems to be working properly, you will want to check the condenser fan motor. This is usually located at the bottom of the appliance. One of these motors is likely going to be the source of the noise. Replacing the part is going to take care of your problem.


Believe it or not, this is a common issue that happens. Extreme cold temperatures can put a lot of added strain on the appliance and it can also cause food to get freezer burn and have to be thrown out. First, you need to make sure that the freezer is set at the proper temperature. If the freezer is properly set, the defrost timer and the thermostat will need to be inspected. You will need to get this problem fixed quickly, otherwise, it will lead to a lot of wasted food.


This is the kind of problem that can lead to other issues besides a broken refrigerator. It can also cause water damage within the home and injury from a slip and fall on a wet floor. When this happens, you are going to need to check the water inlet valve that is connected to a water line on the back of the fridge. It is also possible that the door latch or seal on the door is not working properly.


Because of all the different things that are incorporated into a refrigerator (i.e. the freezer and the ice maker), they can be a very complex appliance to work on and fix. There are a lot of things that a homeowner can do, but there are some things that are going to require the attention on a professional repair technician. It is best to call in a professional for the more complex problems. If you try to fix a complicated problem and it doesn’t work, you could end up causing more damage that you had to begin with. Here are some we recommend. Find more in our directory:

Tuscaloosa Appliance Repair
Tuscaloosa, AL

Superior Santa Monica Appliance Repair
Santa Monica, CA

Ann’s Appliance Repair
Denver, CO

Best Boca Raton Appliance Repair
Boca Raton, FL

Accurate Appliance Repair
Mooresville, NC

Ace Alhambra Appliance Repair
Alhambra, CA