Do-it-yourself fridge repair: myth or reality?

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Repairing a refrigerator is a complex process that is rarely done correctly due to a lack of knowledge. The device may stop cooling or start to freeze, make gurgling noises, or simply not turn on. Often, the owners try to repair the appliance on their own, referring to specialized literature. A positive outcome of a do-it-yourself repair is not impossible, but the process can take a long time. In addition, you can carry out repairs yourself if the warranty on the purchased product has expired.


If the fridge breaks down under warranty, the user knows what to do. They take the appliance to a service center, where specialists solve the problem. If the unit is not repairable, it will be replaced with a new similar model. But if the owner tried to repair the fridge before contacting the service, the right to warranty service automatically expires.


Problems with the temperature of the fridge


“Temperature problems” are the most common. The device may begin to grow ice or, conversely, leak. Each type of breakdown has its causes and solutions.


Ice and snow on the back wall


If you notice a “snowy coat” on the walls of the fridge, don’t panic. Why does the fridge freeze? Most likely, you are faced with an appliance equipped with a drip defrosting system. In this case, the breakdown may be present in one of the components of the appliance. Do not knock off the frozen mass by hand – this will only aggravate the situation. First of all, check whether the frost sensor is set to the maximum during a particularly hot season. Such a mode can overload the refrigerator motor and cause a malfunction. To understand where the temperature of the refrigerator is set, you need to know its model and release. 


Modern refrigerators are equipped with a defrosting system, and some of them are equipped with a SPECIAL electronic display on which the parameter is regulated. Older models have a regulator inside the refrigerator compartment. Sometimes the Appliance may display the wrong temperature or lose the ability to adjust it. In such cases, they talk about a breakdown of the thermostat, which signals the refrigerator about insufficient temperature. To remedy the situation, the broken thermostat needs to be replaced.


This part can be purchased in a specialized store, where you can buy a new thermostat for your refrigerator, help you decide on the right model, and tell you how to install this component correctly.


Alternatively, an uneven distribution of ice in the refrigerator compartment, which most often accumulates in the corner, maybe results in a freon leak. In such cases, the cooling capacity is significantly reduced, and the motor starts to work much more intensively. To fix the breakdown, you should find the leakage point and then re-fill the unit with freon. If the leak is located in the evaporator, it also needs to be replaced.


The appliance is leaking


The causes of water leakage in the appliance can vary and depend on the location of the leak. To find out what to do if your fridge is leaking, carefully inspect the appliance. If moisture has accumulated inside the appliance (for example, in the trays), this is most often caused by a clogged drainage hole through which condensation should be removed. A clogged drain is a serious enough problem that if you don’t pay attention to it, you can cause a freon leak. You can clean this part of the refrigerator by removing particles of food or packaging from it with a special brush or other improvised means.


If moisture regularly appears under the device, the fault may lie in the condensate container, which is attached to the refrigeration compressor. If you find a puddle under the refrigerator, inspect the container: if it has cracks or chips, you will need to replace the part. Also, the refrigerator may leak due to the drying out of the sealing gum. Where can I buy a sealing gum to vacuum the fridge? Today, such parts are sold in specialized stores, the main thing is to know the model of your appliance.


We have appliance repair experts available today! Call a professional Poway Appliance Repair Service Centre technician by phone or book your service.


Our service center is open 24/7, so you can easily schedule a convenient repair time. The specialist will arrive at the agreed time, carry out a diagnosis, and, if necessary, offer repairs. If you are willing, your appliance will be repaired directly on-site within 1-2 hours. We provide top-notch service at an affordable price!


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