3 Signs That Your Refrigerator Needs to be Fixed

A broken refrigerator is probably the worst appliance problem anyone can have.  In addition to getting the appliance fixed, there is also the inconvenience of discarding perishable foods and cleaning up any mess caused by melting ice. However, if you can spot problems early, you can prevent these nightmare scenarios before they present themselves.

Let’s take a look at some common refrigerator issues that lead to fridge repair:

1. Your refrigerator is leaking water

One of the most common causes of leaking water is a clogged drain tube. In this case, gunk can build up in the drain tube that carries water to the evaporating pan. As a result, the water will not drain and eventually cause leaking.

Another common problem is having a faulty seal on your freezer door, which would cause your freezer to defrost and leak water. If your refrigerator or freezer is leaking, you can read our earlier post on how to check the efficacy of your refrigerator seal to determine whether you require expert assistance.

2. Your refrigerator is freezing

If your refrigerator is freezing, first make sure that your temperature setting is not set too high. It could also be because your freezer is packed too tight, forcing colder air into the fridge.

If lowering the temperature and/or unpacking your freezer does not work, it could be a mechanical fault. For example, you may have a bad thermostat, dirty condenser coils, or a broken defrost timer. If you believe a mechanical error is responsible for your refrigerator freezing, we recommend having it seen to by an expert technician.

3. Your refrigerator is not cooling

A number of factors could cause your refrigerator to not cool, or become too warm. Dust build up on the outside of the unit can block air vents and/or insulate the exchange coils. To fix this, try briefly unplugging your unit and vacuuming away the dust. You may also want to make sure you leave some space around the vents on the inside of the unit to ensure proper airflow.

If these tactics don’t work, your fridge may be leaking chlorofluorocarbon (CFC’s) – in which case you’ll need to call a professional.

If you are experiencing any of the above problems and are not able to fix the problem yourself, contact the Matic Service team. Our electricians, gas-appliance repairers and factory-trained technicians will be able to diagnose any issues in a timely manner. Simply give us a call on (02) 9709 6188 to schedule an appointment today.