Troubleshooting Tips to Use When Refrigerator Stops Working

Few kitchen calamities rank as high as a malfunctioning refrigerator: the last thing anyone wants is to witness their perishables wilt away or become inedible because of a faulty fridge. Here are some troubleshooting tips to help you get through this sort of situation:

Firstly, keep the fridge door closed as much as possible. Every time you open it, cold air trapped inside escapes, cutting down the time you have to address the matter. If you have a second fridge available, consider moving your more at-risk items there temporarily. Now, onto the situation at hand: is it something you can address yourself? Make sure the rear condenser coils are clean, free of dirt and buildup that may prevent them from properly functioning and keeping the contents cold. Once you’ve unplugged the fridge to prevent risk of electrical shock, these can easily be scraped clean with an appliance brush.

If cleaning the coils doesn’t improve the situation, take note of just how severe the malfunction may be. When the door is opened, does the light still go on? Do you still hear the characteristic hum of the fridge motor once the door is closed after being open? Make sure the issue isn’t the power being fed to the fridge, try another outlet or make sure the breaker hasn’t been tripped. It could also potentially be something as easily-addressed as a faulty activator switch (the lever inside the door that knows when it’s open or closed) or it could be more severe like a faulty motor. Check your fridge’s warranty and contact the manufacturer for more information. If these options still don’t resolve the matter, then the friendly folks at 7 Days Appliance Repair will be happy to help you further!

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