Common Fridge Freezer Faults

    Listed below are some of the most common fridge freezer faults, an explanation of what might be causing the problem and how to fix them

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    Q. Water is Building up at the Base of the Fridge:

    A. In some refrigerator models condensation is deliberately directed down the back wall of the refrigerator so that it flows into a compartment at the bottom of the refrigerator. It then flows out of a small drain hole to the evaporator tray. If the drain hole becomes clogged or blocked due to a build up of debris the water starts to collect in the refrigerator.

    To learn how to clear a blocked drain hole read our article “How do I Stop Water Collecting at the Bottom of the Fridge?”

    Q. The Fridge is Freezing Everything and is Constantly Running

    A. This can be a common occurrence and is most likely to be a fault with the thermostat. This is the component of the refrigerator that is used to control the internal temperature. If the thermostat becomes faulty it can get stuck in one position and will need to be replaced.

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    Q. The Fridge Light has Stopped Working

    A. Without a working lamp your refrigerator can become very dark and difficult to use. Fortunately, this repair is not too difficult.

    The most obvious fault with fridge lighting is a blown bulb. Appliance lamps are designed to last longer than standard lighting because they are not left running for extended periods. When the filament in the fridge bulb does burn out the light will fail. If you suspect your light bulb has burned out then it needs to be replace.

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    Q. The Refrigerator has Become Very Noisy

    A. There are a number of components within the refrigerator that could be causing the noise, and depending on your model these include the compressor, condenser fan motor and the defrost timer.

    In most cases the cause of the problem is likely to be a faulty part that will need to be replaced. However if it is the condenser fan that is making the noise, it may be due to a build-up of lint or other debris on the fan blades and cleaning the unit may suffice.

    Q. The Freezer or Fridge Door is Damaged

    A. If the door has been dented or damaged you may want to consider replacing it, to enhance the aesthetic appeal.

    If it is the door seal that has worn or the door hinge that has become faulty in some models the individual elements can be changed in others it is easier to replace the whole door.

    Fridge and Freezer accessories

    cure door seal gaps by warming with a hair dryer and stretching into shape before closing and letting set in its new position.

    * All information provided is a guide only. BuySpares accepts no liability for any problems occurred while attempting any advice shown. If in any doubt contact a qualified repair service.