One of the most important appliances in your home is arguably the fridge. Unless you’re used to buying a day’s worth of groceries every day, your fridge is essential in keeping your food fresh. Your family gathers around the kitchen and expects food from the fridge to be on the table, and your kids will occasionally pick treats and sweets from inside the fridge to snack on.
However, the fridge is also one of the most common appliances to break down. Whether it’s because it’s always in use or because issues are common to spot, it’s often the very first appliances we notice breaking down. So to help you out, here are a couple of common fridge issues and how you can deal with them.
If your fridge is leaking water then it can cause a hazard, especially if the floor becomes slippery. Most people simply put a towel at the base of the fridge to soak up the water, but it’s important to fix the issue at hand instead of using a bandaid fix.
Some of the most common reasons for your fridge leaking is usually due to defrosting issues. If there is too much ice or even food particles clogging the drain, then it can lead to ice buildup that eventually forces water to leak out of the fridge. Cleaning the fridge’s drain hole is the most common way to fix this.
Fridge is freezing food
If your fridge is actually freezing food, then your thermostat may be broken or set to the wrong temperature. You may want to take a look at your thermostat to see if someone has accidentally changed the setting. The thermostat controls the compressor and evaporator fan motor, so if it’s set wrong, it can cause the refrigeration system to run for a long time. This causes the unit’s temperature to drop, occasionally freezing food.
However, if your thermostat has been set to the lowest setting and it’s still freezing food, then you may want to contact a trained technician for assistance. This usually means that the thermostat or the compressor itself is broken, and this will likely require spare parts in order to repair. We don’t suggest trying to repair this yourself.
Sounds coming from fridge
If you’re hearing noises from fridge, then your fridge’s compressor might be slightly off-balance. This might happen if the fridge has been knocked or moved, or it could be a design flaw of the fridge itself. This is something that can be solved with the help of a trained technician, but you might be able to fix it yourself if the parts of your fridge are accessible. However, we wouldn’t recommend opening up your fridge unless you know exactly what you’re doing.
A fridge might also make rattling sounds if there are items stored on top of it, like boxes and other food items. We suggest trying to remove these items first to see if it helps.