How to Check for Interference with the Refrigerator
Sometimes, you can immediately realize something is wrong with your fridge. Maybe the lights aren’t on, or your food isn’t cold enough in them. You may doubt that the help of a repairman is needed, or you can easily fix the problem yourself like doing a sub zero appliance repair. Checking for interference with your refrigerator yourself can help you save on unnecessary expensive repairs.
Checking the Dead Refrigerator
- Make sure the refrigerator power cable is connected properly. Unplug the cable from the plug if necessary, and plug it in properly. Note the damage to the refrigerator power cord. Open wires, scratched, or bent can interfere with the function of the refrigerator. If this is the case, do not use the cable again and contact the refrigerator repairman.
- Disconnect the power cord if you are using it to connect the refrigerator power cord to the electrical outlet. This connection cable might be damaged or disturbed. Attach the refrigerator cable directly to the power jack. If this step can solve your problem, replace the damaged connection cable.
- Try other electrical equipment that is near the refrigerator. Attach the equipment cable to the same electrical outlet as the refrigerator. If the equipment does not turn on, check the voltage fuse in your home. Your fuse might break or the voltage drops.
- Try attaching the refrigerator cable to another power jack. If the refrigerator is turned on, the problem is with the power outlet. Check the current and voltage with a pen and a multimeter. If you do not know how to use this equipment, contact a repairman or an electrician.
- Try removing the refrigerator cable from the power outlet for a while, then plug it in again. This step can restore the refrigerator’s circuit board settings (like repeating the system from scratch on a computer or cellphone). By leaving the power cut off, the refrigerator capacitors can release the electricity that might still be left.
Determine the Causes of Refrigerator Leaks
- Check shelters and drains. Stagnant water outside the refrigerator may be caused by dirty water reservoirs. Your refrigerator water reservoir must be cleaned about once a year. Stagnant water in the refrigerator can be caused by clogged drains. Clean the clogged drains by inserting a solution of water and baking soda or bleach into the canal using a syringe. Your refrigerator must be turned off before you try to clean shelters and drains.
- Align the height of the refrigerator. If the refrigerator doesn’t stand evenly, the door might not close tightly, and the ice melt line might leak. The refrigerator is designed to function normally in an even position. Remove the refrigerator from the power outlet, then place the flat cover on it. Check the front and back of the refrigerator, then adjust the height of the legs so that the covers on the refrigerator are even.
- Check the refrigerator water filter. If the refrigerator water filter is not installed properly, the water in it can come out. After removing the refrigerator cable from the power outlet, remove the water filter, and then plug it in again. Also, check that there are cracks in the head and frame of the filter. If there is damage, your filter head or frame may need to be replaced.
Tip: Contact a qualified repairman or electrician if you are in doubt or don’t dare to check the power outlet or refrigerator components.
Warning: Never support the end of the refrigerator to reach the bottom. The refrigerator can fall on you and cause serious injury.