4 Common Problems with Fridges and Freezers

4 Common Problems with Fridges and Freezers

Fridges and freezers are invaluable appliances that help us prolong the shelf life of food items even after they’ve been prepared or cooked.  Unfortunately like any other household appliance, fridges and freezers are prone to breaking down every now and then.

In case your fridge starts to go on the fritz, this guide should serve as a good reference to help identify some common issues.  Aside from this, we’ve also provided references for repair technicians, replacement models, new appliances, handyman services, and other related topics.

Common Fridge/Freezer Issues

Common FridgeFreezer Issues

Leaking Water

A leaking fridge can be both a hassle and a safety hazard, and worse still is the fact that leaks can be caused by a wide variety of issues.  The two most common causes are a blocked defrost drain or a clogged or frozen water supply.

In the case of the former, bits of food and debris can sometimes lodge in your defrost drain, resulting in poor drainage and overflowing water.  For the latter, frozen water and debris can also plug up your fridge’s water supply which results in poor functionality and leaks.

Poor Temperature Regulation

If you notice that your refrigerated food doesn’t keep or your freezer ice is slightly melted, there may be an issue with your unit’s evaporator fan or compressor.  To figure out which of these two is the culprit, simply check if you can hear your evaporator fan or feel the air flowing.

If you can’t hear or feel your evaporator fan, then the fan itself is likely acting up.  Otherwise, the issue is most likely caused by your fridge’s compressor or more specifically, the condenser coils housed within it.

Repeated Cycling

Cycling essentially refers to the process of your refrigerator switching on and off to maintain the low temperature inside.  When a unit switches on and off in extremely short intervals, there is usually a problem with the temperature settings or the condenser coils.

If you feel that temperature may be the issue, it might be best to adjust your fridge to hold a temperature of no less than 4℃ or 40℉.  On the other hand, if your condenser coils are the issue, you may need to vacuum up accumulated dust and debris.

In either case, cycling issues should be addressed immediately as they can often lead to higher utility bills and budget-busting repairs.

Frozen Foods

While your freezer should certainly be able to freeze food, your fridge should only maintain a low temperature.  If you find that your refrigerated food often freezes, there may be an issue with your unit’s temperature control thermostat.  

The best way to figure out if this is the case is to adjust your thermostat and see if the settings correspond with your fridge’s actual temperature.  

With these common issues covered, we hope you’ll find it easier to figure out what’s causing your fridge to act up.  We also hope that the references we’ve provided may be of some use to you if you seek out appliance-related services.