Signs You Need Refrigerator Repair: What to Look Out For

Refrigerator - an indispensable assistant in the kitchen, without which it is difficult to imagine modern life. However, like any appliance, it is not immune to breakdowns.

In this article, we will discuss:

- Main signs of refrigerator malfunction.

- Most common breakdowns, their causes, and DIY repair methods.

- When professional assistance is necessary.

1. Signs of malfunction:

- No lighting inside the chamber.

- Weak or excessive cooling.

- Increased noise (humming, knocking, vibrations).

- Lack of cooling when the compressor is running (or not running).

- Frosting of the freezer walls.

- Water accumulation at the bottom of the refrigerator compartment.

- Refrigerator does not turn on or immediately turns off after startup.

2. Common breakdowns:

2.1. Refrigerator does not cool:


- Faulty thermostat. The thermostat incorrectly signals the need to turn on/off the compressor.

- De-sealing of the refrigerator compartment. Due to improper door sealing or damaged gasket, there is air leakage.

- Freon leakage. The refrigerant evaporates, and the cooling system stops working.

- Compressor performance loss. The compressor fails to provide the necessary pressure, leading to insufficient cooling.

Repair methods:

- Replacing the thermostat.

- Adjusting the door position, replacing the gasket.

- Finding and fixing freon leaks, refilling the system.

- Calling a technician for compressor diagnosis and repair.

2.2. Refrigerator does not turn on:


- Insufficient or excessive voltage in the power supply.

- Damage to the power cord or plug.

- Thermostat failure.

- Defrost button malfunction.

- Faulty relay (starter or protective).

- Oxidized contacts in the electrical circuit.

- Compressor motor failure.

Repair methods:

- Connecting to a voltage stabilizer.

- Replacing the cord or plug.

- Replacing the thermostat.

- Replacing the defrost button.

- Replacing the relay.

- Cleaning oxidized contacts.

- Calling a technician for compressor repair.

2.3. Refrigerator makes loud noises, creaks:


- Incorrect refrigerator installation.

- Damage to the compressor suspension.

Repair methods:

- Adjusting the refrigerator legs.

- Calling a technician for suspension repair.

2.4. Refrigerator leaks:


- Clogged drain tube for defrost water.

- Repair methods:

- Cleaning the drain tube.

3. Other malfunctions:

- Lack of lighting. Burned-out bulb, damaged socket, faulty power button.

- Formation of "frost" on the freezer walls. Faulty thermostat, improperly closing door.

- Refrigerator turning off immediately after startup. Malfunction in the operation of the starter relay, compressor problem.

4. What to do if the refrigerator breaks down:

- Identify the cause of the breakdown.

- Use internet resources, video tutorials to understand the refrigerator's mechanism and find solutions to the problem.

- Try to fix the breakdown yourself if possible.

- If you cannot fix it on your own, seek professional help.

5. Tips:

- Always disconnect the refrigerator from the power supply before repairs.

- Use only original spare parts.

- Do not attempt to repair complex breakdowns yourself.

- Timely diagnosis and repair will help extend the service life of your refrigerator.

If you need a refrigerator repair, it's better to contact the professionals of the company “FIXIT”, who know their job.