Common Fridge/Freezer Problems

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The invention of the fridge-freezer has had a huge impact on our ability to keep food fresh and store more of it in our homes. If you notice any faults or issues with your appliance it can be a worrying time, there is the potential for you to lose time and money if your food is compromised by a breakdown.

In this article we’ll help to identify some of the more common faults and issues people have with their fridge-freezer. Some of these issues will be specific depending on whether you have a standard or frost-free appliance.

Over Freezing

If you have a freezer which should frost over, a common issue is that there might be a risk of over freezing. If this occurs then you most likely have a problem with your thermostat; this is what controls the temperature and if it is faulty it might be causing the freezer to over compensate. Other issues which could be causing this include your sealing or your insulation. It is recommended that you have a professional install a new thermostat as tinkering with this area of the freezer could cause more damage. Find out more about why your fridge might be freezing your food.

Lack Of Cooling

Keeping the things in your fridge cool is vital to keep them consumable, so if you realise that your fridge isn’t cooling properly it is something which should be fixed quickly. As with the freezer problem it could be down to your thermostat again, but it is more commonly to do with compressor failure. If you have a fridge-freezer and the freezer appears to be working properly then it could also mean there is a gas blockage or shortage which is keeping the fridge from cooling at the correct rate.

Strange Noises

The chances are that your fridge-freezer makes some kind of noise, whether it’s a consistent, light hum or the odd clicking sound every once in a while. These noises are normal and as long as they don’t become too loud then it’s nothing to worry about. Generally, as soon as you start to really notice strange noises from your fridge then it probably means you should have it looked into. The fan or the motor on a frost free appliance is usually the culprit as these are the only other moving parts.

Icemaker Not Functioning

With a lot of fridge-freezers now you can get an ice maker on the front which gives you near unlimited access to ice. If this stops working it can be tricky to know what exactly is wrong. It could be that the water valve need replacing or that there is a blockage somewhere; things get more complicated where electronics are involved as it usually means more replacement parts are required. For more help, take a look at our ice maker troubleshooting guide.

Water pools on the fridge shelves or salad drawer

Did you know that your fridge contains a drain hole to collect the moisture build up that happens in your fridge. If you are finding pools of water on the shelves or in your salad drawer then you may have an issue with your fridge drain hole. We have put together a helpful guide for fridge drain hole troubleshooting.

These are just some of the more common problems which we hear about at Domex, but if you’re suffering with any of the above issues – or any other fridge-freezer issue – then simply contact us today. We’ll be happy to arrange for a visit from one of our professional engineers who can help to get your appliance back up and running again. Remember, you should never attempt to carry out repairs on an electrical appliance unless you are an experienced engineer.