Middletown Appliance Repair

Troubleshooting Refrigerator Repair

refrigerator repairBrowse through these common issues that may lead to refrigerator repair. For safety and efficiency, please call upon a professional, such as A-Robinson Appliance Repair before trying to make any adjustments. (Disclaimer…)

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The Refrigerator Has Stopped Running


  • No power at the outlet
  • Damaged power cord
  • Check the fuse box/circuit breaker
  • Check the outlet with a VOM or lamp
  • If refrigerator blows fuses, put it on its own circuit
  • Replace the cord

Fridge Not Working – Light is On, You Hear Occasional Clicking


  • Dirty condenser coils
  • Defective condenser fan (frost-free types)
  • Incorrect voltage reaching the unit
  • Defective thermostat
  • Defective compressor
  • Clean the coils
  • Check the fan
  • Check the voltage with a VOM, then call the power company if it’s not between 105 and 125 volts
  • Test the thermostat and replace if necessary
  • Call a qualified contractor

The Refrigerator Constantly Cycles On and Off


  • Wrong voltage reaching the unit
  • Defective compressor
  • Leaking refrigerant
  • Dirty condenser coils
  • Run the unit its own circuit and check the voltage at the outlet
  • Clean the coils
  • Call a qualified contractor

The Refrigerator Doesn’t Cool Well or Runs All the Time


  • Thermostat on wrong setting
  • Dirty condenser coils
  • Damaged door gasket
  • Sagging door
  • Heavy frost accumulation
  • Door is open too much
  • Hot and humid weather
  • Inside light on
  • Wet insulation in the door and sides
  • Room too warm
  • Damaged evaporator fan
  • Damaged condenser fan
  • Defective defrost timer
  • The refrigerant has leaked out
  • Change the thermostat temperature
  • Clean the coils
  • Check the gaskets
  • Straighten the door
  • Defrost the unit more often
  • Open the door as little as possible
  • If the unit runs continuously, but cools well, there is no problem
  • Check the door switch
  • Open the unit on a dry day and let it dry out. Also, repair or replace cracked door jambs and panels.
  • Move the refrigerator to a cooler place or start cooling the room
  • Check the fan for damage
  • Check the timer for defects
  • Call a qualified contractor

Frost Forms Rapidly or the Unit Does Not Defrost at All


  • Door open too much
  • Sagging door
  • Damaged door gasket
  • Uncovered food
  • Clogged drains
  • Damaged defrost timer, heater, or thermostat
  • Open the door as little as possible
  • Straighten the door
  • Test the gasket and replace it
  • Cover or seal all foods, especially liquids
  • Open and clean all drains
  • Check the timer, heater and thermostat for defects

The Refrigerator Makes an Unusual Noise


  • Unit is not sitting level
  • Rattling drain pan
  • Hard or broken compressor mounts
  • Blocked fan blades
  • Adjust the position of the unit
  • Move the pan so it doesn’t touch sides of the unit
  • Replace the mounts
  • Check the evaporator and compressor fans for obstructions

Washer Doesn’t Shut Off


  • Disconnected air hose
  • Defective water inlet valve
  • Reconnect hose to water level switch
  • Let a professional replace water inlet valve

The Refrigerator Smells Unusual


  • Clogged drains
  • Dirty drain pan
  • Open the drains and flush them
  • Clean the pan and disinfect it

Water is Leaking Underneath or Inside the Unit


  • Broken drain hose or drain pan
  • Clogged drains or full pan
  • Replace the broken parts
  • Open the drains or empty the drain pan