In this article are a few refrigerator repair and troubleshooting hints that can help you get even more from the refrigerator and keep it operating like new.
Like any appliance, refrigerator upkeep is essential to keeping it operating properly. A number of appliance maintenance jobs are at the same time important for safety and endurance. This information applies to most brands and models of refrigerators.
Warning! Appliance repair and troubleshooting could be hazardous for the typical homeowner. Reduce chance of demise or accidental injury by unplugging the appliance prior to making repairs. Appliances may have sharp edges so use caution when working inside any type of appliance. If unsure, consult with an authorized appliance service professional for services.
Almost all home refrigerators work the same. All contain a compressor, condenser, evaporator, capillary tube and a thermostat. Refrigerators take warmer air and make it cooler by changing the heat utilizing dissipation processes.
The compressor is really the hardest working area of the refrigerator and is commanded by the thermostat. It compresses refrigerant gas, causing it to warm and pressurize as it circulates through the condenser coils to deplete hot air and convert it into a liquid.
The condenser coil is a system of tubes running through thin pieces of steel appearing like fins. The high-pressure gas from the compressor passes into the condenser coils and transforms to liquid as the tubes radiate heat from the coils by the fins connected to the tubes. The capillary tube controls the pressure of the refrigerant as it passes through the coils.
As the refrigerant passes through the capillary tube the liquid expands, boils until it vaporizes to turn into a cool, low-pressure gas. The cold gas continues through the evaporator coils to enable the gas to soak up warmth; hence, cooling off the air progressing past the coils. The fan within the freezer chamber circulates the air to help keep the temperature steady. The operation carries on to repeat itself, regulated by the thermostat, to help keep frozen foods at a uniform temperature to maintain freshness.
Today’s refrigerators have an automatic defrost device consisting of three main parts; the defrost timer, defrost thermostat and defrost heater. Every 6-12 hours, the defrost timer turns off the power to the compressor and turns on the defrost heater. As the ice thaws, it drips through a conduit into a pan where it evaporates using a fan which blows hot air through it.
Refrigerator and Freezer Troubleshooting Tips:
Refrigerator not running at all: Check the power source. Confirm the outlet is functioning right by plugging something else into it. Test fuses or circuit breakers. If this isn’t the trouble, perhaps it’s a variety of factors including the compressor, overload/relay, thermostats or electrical wiring.
If the power source is good, check the troubleshooting area of the reference book. Never set this aside; look at it to understand exactly how to maintain your refrigerator before something happens. Appliance handbooks have preventative maintenance suggestions and operating information that must be observed to guarantee operation. Talk to a qualified appliance repair expert to diagnose and fix refrigerator concerns if the manual does not give you the remedy.
Food will not freeze steadily: This is not an uncommon disorder. Initially, look at the temperature which needs to be between -10 F and +10 F. Refrigerator temperatures need to be 36F to 45F. Calibrate the temperature as necessary.
Try repositioning the food as temps can fluctuate in different compartments. Look for a worn out gasket by placing a piece of paper between the gasket and framework as you close the door. If it slips out with ease, you need to get a fresh door gasket.
Refrigerator is running too long: The thermostat controls the compressor, switching it off and on as required. The compressor will continue to run until the temperature level is below the thermostat setting.
A brand-new refrigerator will run for a very long time, almost continuously, before it cools down sufficiently to retain the preferred temperature, approximately 24 hours. Always keep the refrigerator at least half to two-thirds full to maintain a constant temperature level. If you have a small-sized family and are not able to keep it full, fill up the area with bottles of water. The cold items within will help retain the temperature as the door gets opened and closed.
Make certain the refrigerator has air allowance all around it. Refrigerators with a condenser coil on the back need space to emit heat away from the coils. Verify the light is switching off when the door is closed as it could warm the interior of the refrigerator. Push the button by having the door open and if the light remains on, repair or switch out the switch.
The refrigerator will likely run a bit more if the space is hot and humid or if you have just put a lot of warm food into it. If the compressor does not turn off when the temperature is cool enough, it may well need to be replaced. A refrigerator thermometer could help you establish an optimal setting to always keep food cold and prevent the compressor from running too long.
If the complication is a shortage of refrigerant, you will need to consult with an appliance service professional who is EPA certified to work on a sealed device. Pursuing to repair this condition yourself may void the warranty. When service is needed contact Professional Appliance Repair, LLC at 504-208-4458.