10 Refrigerator Troubleshooting Tips

Refrigerators are one of the most essential white goods around in your home and unfortunately from time to time they do have a tendency to break down, especially ones that have seen many good years of service. The following is a quick guide on some of the common issues that can occur with your fridge and what you can do to repair them.

  1. Check the troubleshooting section of your owner’s manual. Most common issues relating to your fridge and what to do to repair them should be listed here.
  2. If the refrigerator is not running, check if the refrigerator is receiving proper electricity. This one my sound obvious but from time to time cords can be knocked out of their socket, frayed or even the fuse for the power outlet may have tripped.
  3. The light inside the refrigerator appear to be working, but the refrigerator is not maintaining a cool temperature.  Check the temperature control inside your fridge and ensure that it is at the appropriate setting.
  4. If the fridge or the freezer is too cold, checking the temperature settings.
  5. The light inside the fridge is not working. You may need to replace the bulb. You can generally buy bulbs at most hardware stores. Simply remove the old bulb, show it to one of the staff members in store and they will help you find a replacement.  If changing the bulb does not work check that the switch on the door is working properly.
  6. Cool air is escaping from the fridge. Check the fridge door seals, make sure there are no obstructions at the point of contact.
  7. If your fridge is leaking water, check to see if the drain pan is clogged or if the ice tray is overflowing.
  8. If there is water inside the refrigerator, check the drain tube for leaks or clogs
  9. If the refrigerator is making noise, it may be completely normal. If your refrigerator did not make noise in the past, you may want to check to see if the fridge is completely level.
  10. If the fridge is running constantly without stopping, check to make sure the door is properly sealed. Additionally, you may want to defrost the freezer.

The ‘tipping point’


Determining the ‘tipping point’ at which it’s economically and environmentally best to replace a fridge freezer with a more efficient model rather than get your existing fridge freezer fixed isn’t straightforward. But if you’ve got an older fridge, a new, more energy-efficient refrigerator will cut your annual running costs.

These days, fridge freezers are designed to be more energy efficient than old models. The difference in running costs for old models verses new can be anywhere from $50-150 per year so it may be worth while checking your fridges electrical efficiency. This can be done by buying a energy cost meter from your local Bunnings. A meter will help you understand how much your fridge costs to run each year.

Mandatory standards are now in place in Australia that ensures new fridges conform to higher energy standards. The star rating system associated Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) are used to indicate the energy efficiency of most new fridges. You can find out more information about the star system here. The more efficient your fridge the more money you are likely to save each year in escalating electricity costs.

Making space for your new fridge

If you have decided to take the plunge and buy a new fridge then give us a call, we can pick-up that old fridge for you for free and with a minimum of fuss and hassle. Better still, if you recycle your old fridge with Southern Cross Metal Recyclers you can rest assured that your fridge will be degassed and recycled to the highest standards. Don’t wait any longer, give us a call now and book a pickup.

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