Most Common Problems With Refrigerators

Of all the appliances you have in your home, if you're like most people, your refrigerator is probably one of the most important. Today's refrigerators are so much more than a way to simply keep your food cool; in many cases, they also operate as freezers and water dispensers.

All those different functions mean that at some point, every refrigerator will experience problems. Below are some of the most common; if any of them start happening to you, contact a refrigerator repair technician to perform some basic repairs as soon as possible.

Refrigerators Not Cold

The whole reason you have a refrigerator in the first place is to keep cold things cold, so if that's not happening, it's an issue. There are several possibilities as to why this could be happening, such as a failed energy source or a thermostat that isn't adjusted properly, but it can also be something more significant such as an air vent that is blocked near the bottom or coils that are dirty. None of these are particularly major fixes, but if you're uncomfortable doing any of them, you should schedule a refrigerator repair service to get it taken care of.

Water Leak on Floor

Since there's a significant amount of ice in the refrigerator and freezer, seeing a water leak on the floor beneath it isn't normally a cause for concern. Fortunately, the solution for this type of issue is usually nothing more than a clogged drain hose. Over time, food particles and dirt can get clogged and set the drain hose and force the water back up, which freezes, drops, then thaws on your floor. To unclog it, simply use a pipe cleaner or a dowel rod to dislodge the clog.

Frost on the Ice Dispenser

While you want ice coming out of your ice dispenser, if the temperature right around your ice dispenser is so cold that it's creating a layer of ice, usually the problem is with your damper door. If the door isn't sealed properly, you'll have airflow through the door that will allow ice to build on the outside. Knock the ice off, then figure out what is causing that door to not seal properly, and your issue should be solved. Alternatively, if your freezer is creating excessive amount of ice on the walls and on the food, the seal around your freezer door is probably broken as well. Figure out what's causing the obstruction, and your freezer should operate normally again.