Tips & Advice
What causes a refrigerator to leak water?
Water leakage is usually caused by a blockage of the defrost drain by food or debris. The ensuing overflow can leak inside the refrigerator or outside. This problem is often an easy DIY fix--just clean the debris away. If you cannot locate it, it could be a clog of the system and might require a technician.
What causes a refrigerator to run constantly?
The most common cause of a refrigerator running is a faulty seal, usually on the door, allowing a constant flow of warm, humid air into the unit. To combat the warm air, the refrigerator’s cooling system kicks in and might stay on. This can cause strain on the cooling unit, not to mention higher utility bills.
Why has my ice maker stopped making ice?
The most common reason an ice maker stops making ice is a faulty water supply line. The most likely culprits are the supply line being frozen, broken, disconnected, or the filter being clogged, which prevents water from passing through.
What is the most common refrigerator maintenance issue?
The most common refrigerator maintenance issue is the most obvious: The refrigerator isn’t cold enough. Next is a faulty ice maker, the refrigerator not functioning at all, the unit is making strange noises, and the dispenser units are not dispensing water and/or ice.
What causes frost in the freezer?
Frost buildup in the freezer is a result of warm, humid air entering the freezer and then freezing. It could be as simple as frequent opening and closing of the door, or a faulty door seal allowing air to flow in. If those are not the issues, the automatic defrost system might be malfunctioning and require servicing.
What is the best temperature for a freezer and refrigerator?
To keep food out of the danger zone -- the temperature at which bacteria can grow -- keep your refrigerator between 33-39 degrees Fahrenheit to best prevent bacteria growth and prevent freezing. Most bacteria cannot grow in less than 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Keeping your refrigerator on the cooler or warmer side of that scale is a matter of personal preference, but that is the recommended range. Your freezer should be set at, or below, 32 degrees Fahrenheit.
How often should the ice-maker filter be changed?
If your refrigerator does not have a warning light, consider replacing your ice-maker filter every six to nine months. If you notice slow water flow from the dispenser, this might be another sign to replace the filter. It’s an easy DIY fix you can look up online or in the appliance manual.
Do refrigerator coils need to be cleaned?
Cleaning your refrigerator coils periodically is an excellent way to maintain the most important appliance in your kitchen and keep it running efficiently. Luckily, it’s also an easy DIY task. The coils are usually located in the rear at the bottom (you may need help moving it from the wall to gain access) and can easily be cleaned with a vacuum. Consult the manual or a professional for specifics on your model.
Why is my refrigerator not cold enough?
The most common reason refrigerators lose their cool is frost-free failure (which prevents internal frost build-up). But if you are lucky, it could be as simple as a faulty door gasket preventing the door to close completely (a cheaper, easier fix), or the refrigerator’s temperature control is set incorrectly.
Are aftermarket replacement parts safe to use?
Aftermarket replacement parts can be perfectly safe and reliable, but be sure to do your research. If replacing a more integral piece, such as washing machine’s water pump or a thermostat for a busted water heater, it might be best to purchase new.