Depending on what the problem is, repairing your Washington fridge can become quite expensive quite quickly.  That is why it is important to have a clear idea of what tasks you can do yourself, and what should really be left to the experienced and well-trained repairman.  Some of these items may seem obvious to the more intelligent fridge user, but we are still going to cover all the bases here.

  • When The Light Stops Working:
    • Check the outlet to ensure it is working properly.  Who knows, if the fuse blew and knocked out the outlets on one wall in the kitchen that could affect just the fridge if it’s the main appliance that remains plugged in there.  If the outlet works, it could just be time to replace that light bulb.
  • Not Cooling but Running Constantly:
    • Check the temperature control dial to ensure that it did not get tapped to an extremely high or low setting, causing the refrigerator to run more often than is expected.
    • If the fridge is not cooling properly but appears to be running continually, check the fan and the airflow on the bottom of the fridge.  A broken fan or coils clogged with dust can cause cooling issues.  Replace a broken fan, or vacuum the coils as necessary.
    • If the automatic defrost system is not working properly the evaporator coils will build up with frost causing the air to not be able to circulate and thus the refrigerator temperature will rise.  Any of the main components of this system can be replaced yourself or with the help of a repairman, but a repairman will be able to identify the problem and fix it quickly due to their knowledge-base about refrigerators.
    • Door Seals are Broken:  door seals keep the cold air in and the hot air out, so if one tears, it causes the refrigerator to not cool evenly, and to remain running more frequently.  Clean door seals when something sticky has managed to spill on them.  Torn or broken door seals will need to be replaced.
  • Water Leakage:
    • Check for a blocked drain or for a hole in the drip tray.  If you can see the drain hole, clearing it of debris will be a synch.  Pouring half a cup of vinegar down the drain every few months will keep it clear.
  • Excessive Noise:
    • Having loud squeaks or constant unusual noise from the fridge usually means one of two things needs to be repaired, either the condenser fan motor under the fridge, or the evaporator fan motor inside the freezer. Fans are easily replaced by simply unscrewing the fan, unplugging wires, plugging in the new fan and screwing it in.
    • If it turns out the compressor is making all the noise, it is likely that a new refrigerator will be needed in the near future.

It is good to do an annual maintenance “spot-check of your refrigerator every year, thus ensuring that any of the normal problems which come up can be seen and taken care of quickly, or averted altogether because of proper maintenance.  In any case, these things to check before calling a Washington appliance repairman can help save money and time in the long run, especially if it turns out to be something simple which you can do yourself.  If it gets to the point where you feel you are in over your head, then do not hesitate to make that call and hire All–Pro Appliance Repair to handle the job for you.