Refrigerator Repair Tips
Refrigerator Repair: Does myrefrigerator/freezer need any routine maintenance?
Yes. See our MaintenanceTips section for more information.
Yes. But, if therefrigerator is self-defrosting, don't let the garage temperature drop to muchbelow 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Otherwise, the oil becomes thick and causespremature compressor failure.
Full. There is generallyno limit to how full it can be. Just take care not to block air vents. For bestefficiency, try to keep it at least half full.
Your refrigerator shouldbe 36 to 42 degrees Fahrenheit and your freezer 0 to 8 degrees.
Usually, yes. You canreverse the doors on most refrigerators. Consult the owner's manual for yourrefrigerator/freezer to get the proper instructions. If you no longer have themanual, but do have the model number of your refrigerator, you can order themanual at our parts order center.
New federal laws make itillegal to send a refrigerator to the dump without first removing therefrigerant. Contact a local appliance repair company to remove therefrigerant. And be sure they show a valid license and give you a certificateof compliance. Some local municipalities will pick up units and properlydispose of them, though often for a nominal fee. Check with yours to find outwhat to do.
Yes, if your freezer hasthe necessary internal wiring (most do). If you have the model number of yourrefrigerator/freezer, you can order an ice maker kit from our parts ordercenter.
If the unit has a largeblack, grid-like device on the back, you should leave at least 1 inch of spacebetween the grid and the wall, and avoid "building-in" the appliance.If there is no grid on the back, you may push the unit all the way to the wall.
No. There are numerouscomponent, internal wiring, and design differences.
Follow the instructionsthat come with the seal. A person with moderate repair skills can replace theseal. If you have the appliance model number, you can order the seal from ourparts order center.
Virtually allrefrigerators made in the past 15 years stand on built-in rollers. Often youneed to retract the front leveling legs before trying to move the unit.Unloading the food from the unit first, really helps too. Grab the refrigeratornear the bottom and pull it straight out, taking care not to damage your floor.Check out our Easy Glide Tracks in the accessories section to make this processeasier.
Usually.If there is room in your unit for an additional shelf, and the necessaryhardware in the walls and/or ceiling, you can add a shelf. To order the shelffrom our parts order center, you will need the model number of the unit.
At least once a year. See our Maintenance Tips section for further details.
Many of the plasticparts in your refrigerator/freezer are fragile. Take care not to load--orforce--too many items onto the shelves or slam the door.
Yes. The freezertemperature increases by about 20 degrees during the defrost cycle. This isnormal and doesn't affect the quality of the food in your freezer.
Freezer burn isdehydration caused by food being exposed to the air in the freezer. Often thewrappings used in supermarkets don't prevent dehydration. Re-wrapping foods inairtight containers or wrappings usually avoids this problem.
It's not unsafe to cookand eat freezer-burned food, but the resulting meal is often tough andtasteless!
It's generally notnormal. If your refrigerator/freezer runs constantly it may:
Have a dirty condenser coil. See ourMaintenance Tips section for help in cleaning it.
Not have adequate clearance aroundthe appliance for proper air flow
Have a bad seal on one of the doors
Have a light bulb that is not goingoff when the door is closed
Have excessive frost build-up on theinternal evaporator coils
Have a defective thermostat
Be low on refrigerant
The average life of arefrigerator is 14 to 17 years. Some last many more years, others many fewer.
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