After a long day work you come home and run to the refrigerator to get a cold drink. You open the refrigerator door and find that everything is hot inside. Suddenly you realize that your refrigerator is not functioning as it used to. Instead of being too much concerned, you can go through the following systematic approach. If you follow the steps given below, we believe that you will be able to resolve your refrigerator problem with little to no money.
- 1Repair it free: Find if you have warranty for your refrigerator. If you bought your refrigerator within one year, it is most likely that you have warranty. Most appliance manufacturers provide one year free warranty. If you have warranty, call the company and get your refrigerator fixed. If you do not have warranty and do not want to spend too much money, you will have to spend some time to identity and possibly fix the problem. The steps below will guide you through the process of identifying the problem.
- 2Check if the refrigerator is completely dead: With the power cord connected to the power outlet, investigate carefully if the light inside the refrigerator is on or you hear any sound from the appliance.
- aIf the light comes on or you hear noise from the refrigerator, the refrigerator may not be dead. Set the thermostat to a lower temperature, wait for a while, and check if the refrigerator is working now. If not, you will have to diagnose the problem.
- bIf the light does not come on or you do not hear noise from the refrigerator, the refrigerator may be dead or it may not get any power. In this case, you will have to identify the cause of the problem.
How to identify the cause of problem for a refrigerator which is not working
- 1Check Power Source: Connect the plug of a working device (table lamp, radio, alarm clock, etc) to the wall electric outlet where you connect the refrigerator power plug. If your device does not work, the power outlet is bad. In this case, there is high possibility that your refrigerator will work. Connect the refrigerator plug to a working wall outlet (you may need an extension cord for temporary use, do not use extension cord permanently), your refrigerator should work fine. If the power source is good, then you definitely have issues with your appliance and you need to identify it.
Check if the refrigerator power cord is damaged. Repair the power cord if it is damaged.
- 3You have made sure that your appliance is getting power by following the above steps; however, it is not working. In this case one or more of the major components (compressor, wiring, thermostat, timer, etc) may not be functioning.
- 4Set the thermostate at different lower temperatures and check if the refrigerator starts functioning. If it does not respond, follow the steps below.
- 5If you have the skill to diagnose the components mentioned above, go ahead and try to identify the cause of the problem (warning: take necessary precautions). If you think that you do not have the skill and tools, you need to contact a qualified service technician. Service technicians fee varies widely, it may range from 20-90 dollars per hour. To save money, you may find a better deal if you contact a appliance repair technician from the craigslist. You need to find a good service technician to serve you better, please read How to select a good appliance repair technician for guidance.