Domestic RefrigerationRefrigerationSeptember 12, 2016by ADKTroubleshooting Common Problems With Domestic Refrigerators

Undoubtedly one of the most used appliances in your home is your refrigerator, for the simple fact, that it is never switched off.  As it is an important part of your day to day life it can cause serious upset and disruption if it stops working properly.  In the following post you will find some great solutions to some of the most common refrigerator problems.

Frost-less Freezer Is Building a Thick Layer Of Ice Up On The Inside

This common issue is often caused by a leaking door gasket, which starts to allow cold air to stream out continuously, forcing the refrigerator to run more than it needs to and provide additional chill for the freezer.  You can check the gasket by using a high powered flashlight in the freezer pointing the light beam towards the door.  Switch the kitchen light off and check the door’s perimeter.  If there is light leaking out, then it means you will have to replace the gasket.

Puddle Of Water In Refrigerator

Usually this problem means the drain tube is blocked up.  You need to unplug the refrigerator from the mains and then find the drain plug which is normally to the bottom or back of the main compartment.  Then use a turkey baster to force a special solution of warm water and bleach of a 50/50 ratio into the tube and then remove and clean the drain pan underneath the refrigerator.

Refrigerator Is Cycling On More Frequently And Using More Energy Than It Should

The condenser coils found underneath your refrigerator work as both, magnets for the dust particularly as domestic homes have dirty kitchen floors and possibly have pets roaming around and, also as a dispenser of heat.  Use a vacuum cleaner to clean the coils of all dust and debris that could be clogging them.  If you want to ensure that you don’t have to clean too much too regularly in the near future, you could try cutting out a section of some kind of lightweight material or tights and fit it inside the vent panel underneath the door.  This should help stop any debris and dust getting down onto the coils.

When You Should Hire A Professional Refrigerator Technician

It is true that your refrigerator is a reasonably simple home appliance and therefore most of the small issues that come up can be dealt with by anyone, qualified or unqualified, who has general handyman skills.  However, there is cases when only a professional will do, like the individuals who work for in London.

You may be finding it difficult to determine whether you should deal with a particular issue on your own or call a professional.  Obviously, it comes down to how confident you feel.  Many people, regardless of how small the problem, will always call a professional; whereas others will do as much as they can to avoid it.

However, there are some instances when you really should and these include

  • Hearing a hissing noise and the fridge is not cooling as effectively as it should or has done in the past.
  • Feeling oily reside over the inside bottom of the freezer compartment
  • Accident causing damage the the condenser coils
  • A significant amount of water is leaking from the appliance and you can’t find where it’s coming from
  • The refrigerator’s outer shell is sweating
  • Even after cleaning the condenser coils thoroughly, the refrigerator continues to cycle on and off.

It can be more than a little traumatic if you are dealing with a refrigerator that is not working properly. However, hopefully with the troubleshooting tips above, you will be able to find solutions to your problem.  If you can’t, as the last paragraph/section details, then you should contact a reliable and qualified professional, and if you are in the London area you should give a try.

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