Tip & How-To about Refrigerators

Refrigerator maintenance

Clean the coils -the coils at the back remove the heat. If they are clogged they become inefficient and the compressor will work harder. Unplug the frige, pull out from the wall and reach behind with a long handedled broom or vacum cleaner nuzzle.Another advice- position your refrigerator away from sunny windows, hot water heaters,radiators, stoves and other heat sources.

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Refrigerator not cooling properly


There are several things that can cause cooling problem with your refridgerator. The first and most common is dirt dust and lint clogging the condenser coils. These coils are usually located underneath the refridgerator and have a small fan that blows air across them. If they are clogged, the refridgerator cannot get rid of the heat to allow it to cool properly. To check and clean these coils you must first pull out the refridgerator and unplug it. Remove the lower panel ( usually made of a cardboard material) this will give you access to the compressor and fan and coils. Check the coils for dust,dirt and lint. Clean out carefully with a vacuum cleaner or brush( you can get a brush specially made for this ) check the fan motor to see if it spins freely( some units may not have a fan) plug unit in to see if fan runs (make sure to temporarily turn thermostat down colder to turn on compressor and fan). If fan does not come on with compressor you may need to replace it. Put unit back in place and see if that solves the problem. If this does not help, you will probably have to have a appliance repairman check out unit.Hope this helps.

Dec 15, 2013 | Maytag Refrigerators

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my Dimplex DFB 4047 won't get very hot


This is an on going problem with electric fireplace/stove type heaters of all types. Not just Dimplex.
They are not designed to run for long periods of time and the heat output is not much more than a blower dryer. In any event, they take in cool air, heat it and send it back out. Over time, the heating element becomes clogged with dust, lint and/or pet air. So, they have to work harder to produce a sufficient amount of heat. Cleaning the heating element with a vacuum that has a hose and brush attachment may help. The heating element and blower are under the stove. See your Owners Manual on how to access it. Be sure to unplug the stove before trying to service/clean it.

Feb 05, 2011 | Dimplex Compact Electric Flame Stove...

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Frigidaire #FRS24XHA is hot to touch and freezes food on the left


Hi: Those areas are designed to be warm to keep moisture from forming there(Moulion coil). When they get hot it means the fridge is over working. The condenser coils remove the heat from the fridge. When clogged the heat will leave anywhere it can. The moulion coil is the strip you described,and will overheat when the condenser coils wont disperse the heat. Most likely the coils need a good cleaning, on the bottom of the ref. Use a coil brush and a vacuum. Or even an air compressor to blow the dust and hair out; plan on dusting the house too. Pull the grill off the front and clean them. If real bad pull the panel of the lower back and clean it out too. Since you work in detroit the dust and hair on the coils would be like putting a blanket over your radiator. Parts would heat up. I hope it's just the coils. If a compressor is failing you can get the same symptoms. I hope it is the latter for you, as I'm in your boat also. I hope this helps, Jeff

Jun 09, 2009 | Frigidaire Refrigerators

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The Plug on my Soleus Mac 12,000 Air Conditioner gets hot and it shuts off. The plug has been replaced once, what can solve this problem!


This mean the compressor is drawing too much amps, caused by the back cois are clogging up and not getting rid of enough heat.Hope you clean it soon before it ruin the compressor. Thank-you-very-much!

Aug 26, 2008 | Soleus Heating & Cooling

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