A. Temp. in freezer should be 5 degrees or lower. If not, check for frost build-up on back wall of freezer. If there is a build-up of frost, your problem is with the defrost system (heater, termination thermostat, or defrost timer).
B. Check door seals to see if they close snug. You can check this by simply closing the door on a dollar bill and then pull the bill out. If the bill comes out easy(no snug-ness), you would need to try to either reform the door gasket-door-or replace the gasket if torn or ripped.
C. Check the Fan Motor in the Freezer, and make sure that it is Running. If not, check the door switch and fan motor.
D. If the unit has a condensor fan motor (back of refrigerator at the bottom), make sure it is running. If not, check the motor.
E. Check to see if the light stays on when the door is closed. Believe it or not, it happens. To test this, open the door and push the door switch down. If the light stays on, replace the door switch.
Refrigerator wear can be avoided with proper care!
It is estimated that a refrigerator can last approximately 13 years. Why then do yours stop working after only 3 years? The answer is simple; you are not giving it the proper care and attention it deserves. Experts have found that simple maintenance practices, if done on a regular bases, can prolong the life of your cooling machine. This article will be your one stop refrigerator help guide and will help you ensure that your refrigerator and all its parts have a long and productive life.
- Empty your ice to keep your freezer smelling nice! This may seem like a no-brainer but alarmingly many people leave ice in their trays and bins until they freeze at the bottom. It is recommended that ice be thrown out every month and replaced. Ice also absorbs odours that are present around it and can keep your refrigerator smelling badly. To prevent this, you can leave an open box of baking soda in your refrigerator to absorb any foul smelling odours.
- If you have a water dispenser or ice maker, then you need to check and clean your water filter every month. To avoid clogs and strain on ice maker parts, you should replace your Refrigerator Water Filters every six months or as recommended by your owner’s manual. Remember, a water filter is counterproductive if not kept clean.
- In the back of, or underneath the refrigerator, there are condenser coils which are responsible for cooling and condensing of the machine. Dust and pet hair can clog these coils, causing the compressor to work harder because of the strain on it. This in turn results in the wastage of energy and hence causes a reduction in the life expectancy of the refrigerator, in addition to your energy bills skyrocketing. It is recommended that you vacuum or dust the coils every three months to keep your refrigerator parts working efficiently. Persons with shedding pets are further recommended to clean their condenser coils at least every month. There are also refrigerator coil brushes that cost only $7, which you can use to get into in hard-to-reach place. Be smart, don’t let your condenser coils toil!
- The most important maintenance method you should always remember is to keep your fridge level. This is a simple procedure that will save you hundreds of dollars in the long run. Unlevelled refrigerators strain motors, cause abnormal condensation inside and prevent the door from closing properly. Place a level on the fridge and adjust it accordingly. It only takes a few minutes and you will be thankful you did it.
Be smart! It doesn’t take much effort to ensure your refrigerator has a lengthy and efficient life.