2 Common Refrigerator Issues You Can Fix Yourself
There is one appliance you walk past several times a day, probably use more than any other, and perhaps take for granted the most: the refrigerator. Your refrigerator is the one appliance that can wreak the most havoc on your life—not to mention your pocketbook—if it breaks or malfunctions. Luckily, there are many common refrigerator problems that are easy to diagnose and fix within a few minutes or hours. Here are two of most common refrigerator issues that you as a homeowner can repair on your own:
My Refrigerator Is Constantly Running
If your refrigerator is constantly running, it can not only increase your electricity bill, it can also wear out your refrigerator's cooling system even faster. Luckily, there are several common culprits and easy fixes that will help prevent your refrigerator from constantly running:
- Check the condenser coils, which are located either under a plate on the bottom of your refrigerator or on the back of the unit. If the coils are covered with dirt, debris, or pet hair, they won't do their job, which is to pull warm air out of the refrigerator. Cleaning the coils with a damp rag is an easy way to fix this problem.
- Check both the refrigerator and freezer temperatures. To do this, submerge a thermometer in a glass of water. Place the glass of water inside the fridge and leave it for a few hours. Repeat this in the freezer. According to CNET, your ideal refrigerator temperature is between 37 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit. For the freezer, the temp should be below 10 degrees Fahrenheit, according to Repair Clinic. If the refrigerator and freezer are both too warm, it will cause the unit to run constantly. The simple fix for this is to turn down the temperature.
My Refrigerator Door Won't Shut
Another common issue you might face is an aggravating one: your refrigerator don't won't shut or stay sealed. The most obvious issue is that a box or container is sticking out, preventing the door from shutting. Once you've eliminated that possibility, here are a few more potential problems:
- Check the door hinges to ensure they're not damaged. If the hinges themselves or the bolts that keep them in place are damaged, replace them immediately.
- Check to see if your refrigerator door is level. Open the door and place a level on the top. If the door isn't level, check to see if the hinges are loose or need tightening.
- Another issue might be that there are simply too many heavy items in the door, which is causing it to pull forward and not shut properly. Remove any heavy objects from the door and place them on the inner shelves.
- Examine the door seal itself to see if it is damaged, loose, or simply dirty. If the door seal is damaged or loose, replace it with a new one. If the seal is dirty, clean it with a mixture of white vinegar, water, and liquid dish soap.
Finally, another reason why the refrigerator door won't shut or stay sealed doesn't have anything to do with the unit at all. Examine the floor underneath your refrigerator and check to see if its level. If the floor isn't level, it can cause the door to shut and seal improperly.
Fixing the floor is the best option, but if this isn't possible immediately, consider moving the refrigerator to a spot where the floor is more stable and level.
From a fridge that won't stop running to a refrigerator door that won't shut properly or is constantly popping open, these are several common, minor issues that you might face. If you tried these simple fixes and your refrigerator still isn't working properly, don't hesitate to contact a professional from a service like Jensen Appliance & Refrigeration.