Most readers are here because their Refrigerator is Broken or not working correctly! Let’s not Waste time.
Top Mount & Side by Side Refrigerators
Question: Do you have any lights in the Refrigerator? If yes, you have Power, go to Next Question.
Answer Is No: Check Bulbs First, Then Check your Outlet Where your Refrigerator is plugged in, then your Breaker Box. If you have your Refrigerator Plugged into a GFI, see if you’re GFI is tripped.
Question: My Fresh Food Compartment is too warm but the freezer seems Fine.
Answers: There are several reasons this could happen. Most of the time it’s a Defrost Problem.
(Note: just because you think your freezer is fine in might not be)
If you see Frost build up on the back wall of the freezer you might have a defrost problem. The Basic defrost system is: Your heater, your limiter, and timer if any of these fail you should get an even frost on the back wall (Most side by side Refrigerators and Top mount models )) Note: (depending where your evaporator is located). If you have no idea what I’m talking about you should call for a repair person. On the other hand if you get the Idea let me help a little more! You can check your heater and limiter with a multimeter. You must have the component disconnected and the limiter has to stay cold to test it! The timer can’t always be tested and comes in many new forms. it could be part of the main control, or an old mechanical timer or just a electronic timer.
Your Evaporator Fan Might not be working, This fan blows the cold air from your freezer to your Fresh food compartment. You can listen in your freezer area to hear if the fan is on. You might half to push the freezer door buttons in to activate the fan. If your machine is in defrost mode the fan will not come on, so if your fan is not on just check it in about 45 min and if it is still not coming on then your fan is probably bad.
If you have a electronic damper door it could be in the closed position, preventing the air flow from the freezer side to the fresh food side. This means your thermostat could be bad, a sensor or main control board could be bad.
Question: Fresh food side and Freezer are warmer
Your condenser coils could be dirty or Condenser Fan could be bad, this will cause your compressor to overheat and shut down causing your Refrigerator to quit cooling until the compressor has cooled down. In some refrigerators a good quick way to tell if your system is getting too hot is too feel the strip between the fresh food door and the freezer door, if this strip is hot your compressor could be overheating. Something you can do if you feel that center strip is hot :(( take a fan and put it facing the bottom of the refrigerator and see if that strip doesn’t get cooler in about 45 min. This is only to help you till you get a repair person out to look at it.
There are many other reasons for this type of problem: Intermittent compressor start device, Intermittent Thermostat, Electronic control board problems, Electronic Thermostat problems.
Please call a appliance repair service company to repair your appliance under any of these conditions.
One more important note to all: Freon does dissipate it can only leak. This means there has to be a hole! Filling your machine back up without fixing the hole will not fix your machine. It might run for a day a week maybe a month or a year but it is not fixed. This goes for refrigerators, freezers and Air conditioners. Don’t let anyone tell you it just needed a little freon. Your leak might be small enough for it to work for a month and then you loose all your food again!.
Question: My ice maker won’t make any Ice
Answer: The ice system in most Refrigerators consists of: The Ice maker itself, the water inlet valve, The Dispenser System, and the lines that carry the water.
There are many different designs.
Example: Is your ice dispenser tray in your side by side door? If it is, you might have a emitter board that detects the level of your ice bucket. This emitter board commonly fails and needs replaced to restore function to your ice maker. If you have this design check the kick plate of the machine for the Tech sheet, This sheet will help you determine your problem.
A common problem with most ice maker systems is the water valve has a slow leak and freezes the water inlet tube to the ice maker, causing the ice maker not to receive water. In this case you need to replace the water valve or the water valve simply is bad. you will half to defrost the tube if it was frozen and make sure you replace the valve.
Have you check your water filter on your refrigerator? This also can cause a problem with your ice maker and water dispenser.
Good luck with your repair