The best way to tackle this problem is to first locate where the sound is coming from. Is it from inside the fridge, or out? Opening the fridge door is a good indication of this.
If the noise remains the same, then chances are the noise is coming from the fan motor underneath your fridge, or a compressor motor at its rear. When you have located the fan or compressor which is the source of the noise, then you can decide whether to try to repair the motor or to buy a new fridge (when motors and compressors start wearing out, it means that it is likely you will need to buy more parts in the near future). If you’re determined to fix it though, you can buy a new motor or compressor. To replace the fan, use a screwdriver to remove the protective grate that covers it, replace the fan, then re-insert the grate. This will have solved your noise problem.
If the noise is coming from inside the fridge, then the problem is exactly the same, but a different location. You may need to remove some panels in order to reach the evaporator motor (the noisy motor inside the fridge), then follow the same steps. Remember to buy the correct motor/compressor when replacing one, as there are several different types.
How To Fix a Broken Ice Maker
If you examine your ice maker closely, you should see that there is a pipe, or tube, that transports water to it. Sometimes this tube can get blocked by water freezing at one end of it. Make sure to clear anything blocking the water flow. One way to keep this pipe from being blocked in the future is to keep the water at a higher pressure, because it only starts running slower when the pressure is down.
The next valve to clear can be a trickier; not in unblocking it, just to locate it. Your saddle valve can be found if you follow the pipes that lead from the fridge in your basement, or, if you have no basement, can usually be found under the kitchen sink. The needle of the saddle valve can get clogged so it’s a possibility that this is the problem.
Lastly, there is another valve which is involved with the ice maker: the inlet valve. This valve is responsible for the transportation of water flowing to the ice maker, and is on the back of your fridge. Before tampering with this valve, make sure your fridge is off and that the saddle valve is also turned off. This is to stop electric shock, and to stop the flow of water (you don’t want to open a pipe with water flowing through it, or an electric shock for that matter, so double-check you have done both of these tasks). Have something handy to catch any spilled water, and disconnect the supply tube from the inlet valve; both of them are connected. Have a friend slowly turn on the saddle valve for you, and remember that doing this will cause water to flow out of this pipe. If water flows, and your ice maker still isn’t working, then there is probably a fault in your inlet valve. If it isn’t running, the problem is not with your fridge, but somewhere else, and it might be a good time to contact a service company able to locate the problem.
Hopefully this should fix your ice maker.
My Fridge Freezer Makes a Noise When The Motor Clicks Off
This problem is usually caused by a faulty compressor. If the mounting is loose, it can cause it to bang against the side of the unit. In order to fix this problem you should disconnect your appliance from the mains supply and tighten the mounting screws or bolts. If this isn’t possible, contact a qualified repairman.
My Fridge Freezer is Leaking Water
If your fridge-freezer is gathering water at the bottom of the appliance, it is usually due to a blockage in the drainer tube. This tube is a small rubber cylinder is the back wall of the fridge compartment, and should be cleaned with a bent coat hanger, taking care not to puncture the tube.
It’s also possible that your drainer tube is blocked with ice, and so leaving your fridge-freezer to defrost can melt the ice and remove the blockage, stopping those annoying puddles!
If this doesn’t solve your problem you should call a qualified repairman.
Please also ssee the video below covering a common solution to water collecting at the bottom of a freezer unit:
The Motor on my Fridge Freezer Won’t Stop Running
If the motor on your fridge-freezer is running continuously, there could be a number of problems with your appliance.
Your thermostat could be faulty, and telling your compressor that your fridge-freezer isn’t cold enough yet and to keep cooling.
You could have a low amount of refrigerant, meaning that your appliance is cooling as effectively as it should and needing to be on all the time to keep the inside cool. If this is the case, either buy a new fridge freezer or contact a qualified repairman, please don’t try to fix the problem yourself as Freon is very dangerous if breathed in.
Another cause could be a faulty compressor not turning of when it is supposed to. If thats the case you can replace your compressor or choose to start afresh with a new fridge freezer.
How To Check and Replace Your Fridge Freezer Lightbulb
If your fridge-freezer is running correctly but the light isn’t coming on, the most likely case is that the refrigerator bulb has blown. You can check this as you would check any other lightbulb:
Disconnect the fridge-freezer from the mains to remove chance of electric shock.
Find you refrigerator bulb and if necessary remove protective casing.
Unscrew and remove bulb.
Hold tthe bulb by your ear and listen for noise of broken filament moving.
If there is no problem with the bulb, reinsert and reapply casing.
If the bulb has blown, you will need to buy a replacement and insert using the same method as removal.
And thats it. If you need help finding spare parts, visit the Fridge Advice Spare Parts page.
My Fridge Freezer Isn’t Working
If your fridge-freezer isn’t working, the first thing to ask yourself is: is the inside light working when the appliance is plugged in?
If the Light is Off
If both your fridge-freezer isn’t cooling and the light inside is off, it sounds like you’re not getting any power to the appliance.
The first thing you should do is check your power cable after ensuring the fridge-freezer is unplugged for any obvious signs of damage. Any rips or compression of the lead (if for example your fridge-freezer was placed on the cable) could prevent electricity reaching your appliance.
If your power cable is ok, first check that there is no problems with the mains supply itself by plugging in an appliance you know to be working.
Time to replace this fridge
If this has not solved the problem, check the wiring and fuse within the plug for your fridge-freezer and replace the fuse if necessary.
If your fridge-freezer still isn’t working, it could be a sign of a more serious problem. At this point you can either call a repairman or look to buy a new fridge-freezer.
If the Light is On
If your fridge-freezer isn’t cooling but the light inside is on, then its unlikely that its an issue with the power supply.
Check that your thermostat is correctly set, and not in a ‘off’ or ‘defrost’ position.
If everything is set correctly on your thermostat, then your thermostat could be faulty. Alternatively the compressor may have developed a fault preventing the fridge-freezer from operating correctly. In these cases you will need replacement fridge-freezer parts, or to contact a qualified repairman.
My Fridge Freezer is Too Warm or Too Cold
As the thermostat is the main control of the temperature within a fridge-freezer, if your appliance is having temperature problems this is the likely cause. However, as repairing a fridge-freezer thermostat can be tricky, its worth checking through a few other causes first.
A fridge freezer thermostat
If the thermostat tube is blocked or covered it will unable to read the temperature accurately. Another cause could be the thermostat control becoming loose or slipping, meaning that even though your temperature control knob says you want a certain temperature, the thermostat thinks otherwise.
An ineffective door seal can result in air escaping from your fridge-freezer even if you think the door is closed; check to see whether there are any tears in the seal (and that it is clean) to prevent this problem. This will also prevent the compressor being overworked as it fights to cool all the warm air entering through gaps in your door seal!
If you haven’t defrosted your fridge-freezer in a while and have a build up of frost and ice inside, you should defrost your fridge-freezer to ensure it continues to run smoothly (and extend the life of the appliance).
If none of the above steps work, you could have a faulty thermostat. If that’s the case you can replace your fridge-freezer thermostat yourself, call a repairman or decide to get a brand new fridge-freezer. If you do opt for a fresh start, get yourself over to the fridge-freezer buying guide to find out the best fridge-freezer for your needs.
Heres a video that runs through how to replace the thermostat assembly on an American style Whirlpool fridge. Not the most straightforward process but with some time and dedication you could well be able to fix it yourself.
How Do I Find the Condenser Coils On My Fridge Freezer?
The Condenser Coils on your fridge-freezer are used to pass heat from the inside of the fridge-freezer to the outside of the appliance.
On older fridge-freezer models the condenser are usually a grid-like structure, and painted black so are easily identifiable.
Typical condenser coil structure
On newer fridge-freezers the condenser coils are usually at the bottom of the appliance, and generally, there will also be a fan pointed at the coils in order to help remove the heat. Coils located at the bottom of the appliance will be accessible from one of two places:
Front tow space panel
Remove the panel at the very bottom of the fridge-freezer and slide the drip tray out (if your appliance has one). Looking upward here you should be able to see your condenser coils.
Rear Access Panel
If not at the front of the appliance, the fridge-freezer will need to be moved away from the wall. Remove the access panel at rear of the appliance and look inside for flat or cylindrical coils.
If you’re still havning trouble finding your condenser coils, having a quick look at how your fridge freezer works might help familiarise yourself with the main parts of your fridge.
We’ve also sourced a video showing an effective method of cleaning the coils if located at the bottom of older models:
How To Defrost Your Fridge Freezer
Defrosting your freezer is necessary to keep your fridge-freezer running smoothly. It also extends the life of your appliance and helps keep your food fresher, not to mention benefiting the environment.
Most modern fridge freezers tend to deal with the issue as part of their design, and so there should not be a great deal of need for regular defrosting. You may however need to use a more regular schedule with older fridge freezers, defrosting your appliance every time there is a visible build up of ice in the freezer. Even on older fridge freezers this isn’t likely to be that frequently, however if you notice a significant build up of ice on a frequent basis then this may indicate a problem.
If its time for you to defrost your fridge-freezer (this should be every six months or so for older refrigerators), you can follow my guide below:
If your fridge-freezer has a defrost setting, select it. Alternatively select 0 or turn the appliance off.
Remove all food from the compartments and store in a cool place, ideally in a cooler with ice. It makes sense to plan the defrosting in advance to allow most food to be used prior to defrosting.
If you wish to speed up the process, you can put a container of hot water in the freezer compartment. If you choose to do this, ensure that the heat of the container is not in contact with the sides of the appliance in order to prevent damage.
Put another container at the bottom of the fridge-freezer to collect the water as it condenses.
Once defrosting is complete, clean the appliance with cool water and baking soda, or a specially formulated cleaning product.
Ensure that the fridge-freezer is completely dry before turning it back on.
And that’s it; you’ve successfully defrosted your fridge-freezer!