Before you call a refrigerator repairman for issues you are having with your refrigerator, there are some troubleshooting tips you can do and repair your refrigerator by yourself. You'd hate to call out the repairman for something like a blown fuse, or a burnt out light bulb. These are very simple things you can do yourself, and save a few bucks. See below for symptoms and their troubleshooting tips.
1. No Light In Your Refrigerator
Just because the light doesn't come on, doesn't mean your entire refrigerator is broken. It could possibly be the light itself. Check that the refrigerator is staying cool.
- Try first to replace the bulb.
- Check the door switch to see if it is stuck. There's a small switch on the inside of your door, either at the top or the bottom. Check to see if it's stuck.
2. Refrigerator Not Running And No Light
If the refrigerator is not cool and you have no light on, chances are it isn't just a light bulb issue as it was above.
- Check the plug at the back of the refrigerator to be sure it didn't get unplugged somehow.
- Then check the breaker box to see if the fuse is blown.
- Look at the outlet itself and check that there is still power going to the outlet (the outlet could have gone bad). Also look at your refrigerator's power cord to be sure there isn't any damage to it.
3. Loud Or Strange Sounds Coming From Refrigerator
No that squealing or banging noise your refrigerator is making is not normal. You may hear it running, but anything outside of that could be a problem.
- Check that the refrigerator is level.
- Inspect the drip pan to see if there is water in it. Water drips into the pan, but should evaporate. If there's a lot of water in it there could be an issue with the condenser fan or evaporator fan. Be sure to check these as well to be sure they are running properly.
- Look at the mounts for the compressor. If the mounts are broken, make any necessary repairs.
Your refrigerator isn't made to run forever, but it should definitely run for ten years or more. You may run into some issues throughout those years, but hopefully they aren't big issues. Use the troubleshooting tips above to help make small repairs to your refrigerator. Contact a professional refrigerator repairman for help if you have problems that you aren't able to repair on your own to ensure your refrigerator runs for those entire ten years (or even longer). For more information or assistance, contact companies like Appliance Genie.