When your refrigerator starts cycling too often, leaking water on the walls, do not worry. These common refrigerator issues can be fixed easily, without calling a repairman, even if you do not know.
You do not even need any fancy tools to make the repairs. Here's what you need to know.
Problem: It's cycling too often
A refrigerator is not going on, so it can affect your wallet. The refrigerator is already one of the most power-intensive appliances in your home, and it should go high in the sky.
Cause : One of the most common causes of a refrigerator running too much (or worse, constantly), especially if you are in an extra dusty environment or have several pets, is a buildup of debris and dust around the condenser coils.
Fix : First, cut power to the refrigerator. For most refrigerators, the condenser coils are located on the very bottom and they are typically accessed in the front or back. (Some newer models, however, have internal coils.) To access the coils, look for the grill and remove it by popping out the snaps which hold it in place (or unscrewing it where applicable). Use a vacuum cleaner to remove the brunt of the buildup. If there is a lot of leftover debris, use a brush or a wipe cloth to gently remove the remaining debris.
Cause : Setting the refrigerator temperature too low will not just cause your refrigerator to overtime, so it can freeze and spoil some of your foods.
Fix : You typically need between 37 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit (2.8 and 4.4 degrees Celsius). Place a thermometer inside a glass of water, and place it on the middle shelf of the refrigerator, and let it sit for at least 8 hours. Periodically adjust the temperature setting on your refrigerator to bring it to the desired temperature.
Problem: It's leaking water
Water puddling up under your refrigerator is never a good sign, but it is a fairly common occurrence.
Cause : A blocked defrost drain is one of the most common causes of water leakage.
Fix : First, try flushing the drain from inside the tank freezer with warm water, using a turkey baster or a small funnel. You can try using a pipe cleaner or a straightened coat to remove the clog. If this does not fix the problem you may want to remove the debris that is clogging the check valve at the end of the drain hose.
Pull the refrigerator out of the wall and locate the defrost drain hose in the bottom back service panel. This hose should have a check valve, which helps regulate humidity and is known for catching debris and clogging.
Cause : From time to time, a clogged or frozen water supply line wants to water to puddle beneath the refrigerator.
Fix : First, unplug the refrigerator and locate the shut-off valve, typically underneath the sink, behind the refrigerator, or below the refrigerator in the basement. Make sure this valve is closed, and look for any leaks, kinks, or clogs in the plastic supply line.
If there is a break or tear in the line, replace the water supply line. If you see a translucent blockage, leave the refrigerator unplugged for about 2 hours to remove the clog. If the clog is anything but clear, consult with a professional before trying to remove the clog.
Problem: There's ice buildup in the freezer
If the inside of your freezer looks like a winter wonderland, you've got a problem.
Cause : Leaving the freezer door open too long can raise the humidity level inside the freezer, resulting in frost and ice buildup.
Fix : The simple fix is not the freezer door open than necessary, but if you open the freezer or refrigerator doors and they do not close on their own, this could be the cause of the frost. To solve this, pull the refrigerator out of the wall. Screw both feet out in a few turns. This water is properly draining from the freezer and refrigerator.
Cause : A faulty seal can result in unwanted frost.
Fix : First, try cleaning the seal using warm water, soap, and a washcloth. Use a towel to dry the seal and surrounding areas, and close the freezer. If this does not work, unplug the refrigerator, remove all frozen perishables, and place them in a cooler. Lift the edge of the gasket and use a screwdriver to remove all the screws. Align the new gasket and screw it into place.