July 12, 2010

Troubleshooting Your Refrigerator

Posted in appliance parts, Home, RepairClinic.com tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 6:53 am by Liliana

Refrigerator trouble?

Refrigerator trouble?

During these hot July days, it is essential to have your refrigerator working well. But what if your unit suddenly stops running?

If your appliance is showing signs of trouble, here is a bit of advice from RepairClinic.com.

The refrigerator has stopped running completely
The first thing to do is make sure that your refrigerator really isn’t running. Check to see if the light comes back on or if there is any fan, motor, or other sound coming from the appliance. Also, try adjusting the thermostat to a colder setting. If there is no sign of life, you will need to figure out what the problem is.

The second thing to do is check  if there is power getting to the refrigerator. To do that, plug a lamp or another electrical device into the same outlet the refrigerator is plugged into. If there is no power, check the fuses or circuit breakers in your basement. If the fuses or breakers are not the problem, contact a qualified electrician to restore power to the particular outlet for your refrigerator.

If there is power to the appliance but it is still not working, there may be a problem in one or more of these:

  • Wiring
  • Thermostat
  • Defrost timer
  • Compressor
  • Overload and/or relay

For all appliance parts, refrigerator help and troubleshooting information please visit RepairClinic.com.

Warning! To avoid personal injury or even death, always disconnect your appliance from its power source – unplug it or break the connection at the circuit breaker or fuse box – before you do any troubleshooting or repair work on your appliance. Also, because some components may have sharp edges, use caution while working on your appliance.

July 6, 2010

RepairClinic.com – Refrigerator Advice

Posted in appliance parts, RepairClinic.com tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 6:45 am by Liliana

Take care of your refrigerator!

Take care of your refrigerator!

It is very, very hot outside this week and your refrigerator is working hard.

Still, it should not be running constantly, even at high room temperatures. If your refrigerator seems to run non-stop, you should check it out for a number of possible problems.

These are the things that could be wrong:

  • Your unit might have a dirty condenser coil. See our Maintenance Tips section for help in cleaning it.
  • The clearance around the appliance might not be adequate for proper air flow
  • The seal on one of the doors might be loose or worn out
  • It might have a light bulb that is not going off when the door is closed
  • Your unit might have excessive frost build-up on the internal evaporator coils
  • It might have a defective thermostat
  • Your refrigerator might be low on refrigerant

Visit RepairClinic.com for expert advice, refrigerator parts and maintenance tips.

Best of luck for a trouble free summer!

February 16, 2010

Safe Refrigerator Storage

Posted in Cleaning, Food, Health, Home, RepairClinic.com tagged , , , , at 8:10 am by Liliana

Safe Refrigerator Storage

Safe Refrigerator Storage

• Do not overload your refrigerator – a crowded refrigerator cannot keep foods cool enough.

• Stack your refrigerator in an orderly fashion – it is safer and more efficient as well as more pleasant.

• Rotate foods so that you use the older items first – when you buy new groceries, place them behind the older ones.

• Be familiar with how long foods last – throw away items that have been stored for longer than recommended time periods.

• Go through bags and discard pieces that are molding or going bad – one rotten apple can spoil the whole bag!

• Make sure that bacteria laden drips from meat and chicken don’t contaminate other food, especially fruits and vegetables that will be eaten without cooking.

• Always keep milk and dairy products in tightly closed, lidded or covered containers.

• Avoid refrigerator odors  – clear all old, rotting, spoiled or molding foods.