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How to Fix Build-Up Frost, Leak or Refrigerator Cycling in the Fridge: A DIY Guide

Updated: Jan 6

Your refrigerator, the unsung hero of your kitchen, tirelessly keeps your food fresh 24/7. But what happens when it starts showing signs of trouble? In this blog post, we'll explore three common fridge problems and guide you through easy DIY solutions.

Problem 1: Build-up Frost in the Fridge

Opening your fridge to a frosty surprise is never a good sign. This issue can arise from prolonged door openings or a faulty seal. If your door doesn't close automatically, a simple adjustment of the front feet can help. Have a partner tilt the fridge back while you reach the front feet, adjusting them for gravity-assisted closure.

If the seal is to blame, give it a thorough cleaning. Use warm water, soap, and a washcloth to clean the seal. Dry it and the surrounding areas with a towel before closing the fridge.

Problem 2: Leaking Water from the Fridge

Discovering water beneath your fridge is a common headache, often caused by a blocked defrost drain. Flush the drain from the inside using warm water and a turkey baster. If the problem persists, manually clear the debris clogging the check valve at the end of the drain hose.

Problem 3: The Refrigerator is Cycling Too Often

An overly active fridge can be both noisy and expensive. A likely culprit is debris and dust buildup around the condenser coils. Before cleaning, unplug the refrigerator and locate the coils, usually at the bottom. Use a vacuum cleaner and a brush to eliminate debris.

When to Consider Replacement?

If your fridge exhibits unusual behavior, it might be time for an upgrade. Signs include cracks in the interior, persistent spoilage of dairy products, constant running of the fan, or strange noises.

Is it time for professional help? For any appliance issues beyond these DIY fixes, our experts are here to assist you at an affordable price. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

Fridge filled up with different food, dairy products and groceries

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