San Diego Refrigerator & Freezer Repair
Each refrigerator is constructed differently. The freezer and refrigerator repair below will help you to complete repairs on most refrigerators, but it is impossible to cover all makes and models. If you run into problems, we recommend calling a service technician.
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Fix Refrigerator Condensation Problems
There should not be any condensation inside the refrigerator. If there is, the appliance isn’t properly sealing the cool air inside. Follow the steps to solve this issue:
Examine where the condensation is building up. If it is in the door, try to spot hard areas or cracks within the rubber gasket, which may be letting in air. When replacing a damaged gasket, lift it up. Remove anything holding it in place.Pull the fridge out and clean any dust from the condenser coils with a soft brush or vacuum. Dust on the coils trap in heat.Underneath the vegetable compartment at the bottom of the appliance should be a drain pipe hole. Check for any debris stopping up the hole.Get rid of clogs in the hole by blowing into a plastic tube.
Repair Leaks Underneath the Front of the Refrigerator
Leaks below the front side of the fridge can be from the pan dripping down or the water dispenser inlet line. To get rid of the leak:
To begin, unplug the refrigerator.Check to see if the inlet line (located at the bottom of the water dispenser) is leaking. If so, tighten all connections.If leaking persists, even after tightening the connections, examine for cracks or holes- in which case, replacement is mandatory.Find the drip pan by removing the vent cover underneath your appliance.Make sure the drip pan is securely in place.If you see any cracks/holes in the pan, you should get a new one at your local hardware supply store.Carefully, pull the drip pan out towards you. It should slide easily, without much force. If it does not (because of any obstructions), do not force it out.Align the new replacement drip pan and slide it in. Double check that it is properly placed.Turn on your refrigerator.
Repair an Ice Maker
To fix a non-functioning ice maker, follow these steps to repair:
The arm above the ice bucket should freely move up and down. It detects how full the bucket is and keeps it from overflowing. If it is stuck in its upward position, the dispenser may not be functioning.Make sure the control panel is configured properly and that the ice dispenser is “on”.Most likely, your freezer won’t make ice is the temperature is above 10 degrees Fahrenheit, so make sure the freezer is set below 10F. The recommended temperature is 0-2 degrees Fahrenheit.The ice maker requires water from the main supply. The shut-off valve should be feeding water into the refrigerator. It is typically inside of the supply pipe or on a wall. Turning on the cold tap next to the refrigerator increases water pressure and production of ice.Using a water pressure test gauge, check the pressure from the inlet valve. It should be at least 20psi. If it is too low, the ice maker will not work.There may be ice stuck in the bucket, which could be preventing production. Turn off the ice maker and empty out the bucket. Wait about an hour for the ice to melt and drain out. Replace the bucket back into the freezer and wait to see if it will produce ice.
Manually Defrost the Refrigerator
The compressor can get worn down very quickly and result in extensive damages as a result of your refrigerator not properly defrosting. These steps will help you manually defrost your appliance:
Turn off and unplug your freezer.Take out any food items or containers. Wrap up your frozen foods in a cooling bag and place in a cool area to keep from thawing.Clean out the inside and scrub removable compartments with warm water and liquid dish detergent. Sit them out to dry.Using a multi surface cleaning spray, clean the interior of the appliance and sprinkle baking soda on a sponge to get rid of any foul odors.Lay out towels surrounding the refrigerator to prevent water damage.After about 15-20 minutes, check the fridge and remove any ice clumps on the walls.Let the freezer defrost over the course of several hours.Discard the soggy towels and lay out new ones.Replace the drawers and other compartments back into their positions.Shut all doors and power on the refrigerator. It should be clean and defrosted by now.