5 Signs That Your Fridge Freezer Needs Repairs

  • By Tim Flinders
  • 08 Aug, 2017

Are you worried that something's not quite right with your fridge freezer? It could be an obvious sign, like ice inside the fridge, or something less obvious, like a higher energy bill than usual. There are so many potential issues when it comes to fridge freezers that it can be really hard to figure out what's going on and how to deal with it. Do you need a repair, or could this be a DIY job? We're here to shed some light on things.

Read on for five key signs that your fridge freezer needs professional repairs.

1. Your Energy Bill Is Higher Than Usual

An energy bill that's higher than expected is a key sign that one of your appliances is using more energy than it should. A faulty fridge freezer is a common culprit for a few reasons. If your thermostat is faulty then it will be stuck in the 'on' position permanently, rather than switching off when not needed.

It's also possible for your compressor to fail or become blocked, and this means it will run constantly without actually cooling your fridge. A qualified electrician can diagnose the problem and replace or repair the relevant part, getting your bills back to normal.

2. The Interior Light Doesn't Switch On

No light inside your fridge freezer? The simplest explanation is a faulty bulb, which should be fairly easy to repair yourself, assuming you know the correct wattage for your appliance. However, it's also possible that the light socket itself has an electrical short, which is a more complex fix that needs to be tackled by an appliance repair specialist. Don't attempt this repair yourself.

3. There's a Puddle of Water Around the Fridge Freezer

Have you noticed a small puddle building up around your fridge freezer? Water outside the freezer indicates a problem with the drain pan or a faulty defrost mechanism. If you have an ice maker built into your fridge, there may be a leak coming from the supply hose. If there's also water inside the fridge freezer, you might be dealing with a clogged drain tube, preventing water from leaving the appliance. Since there are so many possibilities, it's best to get the appliance checked by a specialist.

4. There's a Build-up of Ice Inside the Fridge Freezer

You've probably heard of defrosting the inside of a freezer with a hairdryer, but this is a quick fix that doesn't get to the root of the problem. Too much ice inside your freezer could be caused by a faulty compressor, a broken seal or door hinge that's letting air in, clogged vents or a clogged freezer drain.

If there's ice inside your fridge, it's even more important to get it checked, as the thermostat or defrost timer may be faulty. Try cleaning the unit thoroughly to rule out any blockages before contacting an appliance repair specialist for advice.

5. The Temperature Isn't What It Should Be

Sometimes temperature issues are obvious; you might notice thawed food inside the freezer or frozen food in the fridge. In other cases, though, it might not be as clear. The best way to diagnose temperature problems is to empty your fridge freezer of food, put a thermometer inside and leave for 24 hours. Then, check the temperature on the thermometer against the temperature your fridge/freezer thermostat is set to. If the two numbers don't match, you've got a problem that needs professional attention.

A broken fridge freezer is inconvenient at best and dangerous at worst. To make sure there's no risk of you or your family eating spoiled food,  contact an appliance repair specialist  for help and advice today.

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