Question about Refrigerators
No Signs of Power
If you did not find any signs of power before unplugging the appliance - no light, no motor, no fan sounds, the first thing to determine is whether your electrical outlet may be malfunctioning. Plug a lamp into the outlet to see if it has power. If the lamp works, then the problem lies with the refrigerator. If the lamp doesn't work, then you may have a blown fuse or circuit breaker.
If the refrigerator is getting power but won't work, you may have a wiring, compressor, thermostat or overloaded relay issue. Unless you have specific appliance-repair skills, you may need to call in an expert.
If you've suddenly noticed that your food in the refrigerator doesn't seem as cold as it should, check a few things to figure out the problem. Check the thermostat setting to make sure that it's set properly. If the light is on but you don't hear the fan or the motor running, it's possible that the compressor isn't functioning. The problem could also lie with the thermostat, the defrost timer or the condenser fan.
Take a look at the evaporator coils located in a panel in the freezer section of the appliance. If you find excessive frost built up over the coils, you may have a problem with the defrost timer. To fix this, you may need to turn the unit off to defrost the coils completely before the refrigerator will be able to cool properly again.
If you hear strange sounds, determine where they're originating. If the sounds are coming from the freezer, this could indicate an evaporator fan that's needing lubrication or replacement. If the sounds are coming from the outside back of the refrigerator, you may be dealing with the compressor, the condenser fan or the defrost timer. These parts often wear out and need replacing. If the noise is coming from the bottom of the unit, this may be a simple issue - your drain pan may be shifting. You can duct-tape the pan in place to stop the rattling.
Best RegardsNeciforo Llanto
Posted on Sep 21, 2013
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