How to Diagnose Refrigerator Problems

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To diagnose refrigerator problems, note if the refrigerator is receiving power, if it is cooling food properly, if ice is being produced and if water is being filtered well. Check the breaker, the temperature control and the built-in filter to diagnose refrigerator problems with tips from a licensed home repair specialist in this free video on home maintenance.

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I'm Tim Gipson, and I'm going to talk to you about diagnosing some common problems with your refrigerator. Now, if you don't have any power at all to your refrigerator the first thing you want to check is go to your main power box and check the breaker. You could have a situation where the breaker has popped, and that will terminate power, so you want to go back to that. Make sure that breaker is in the on position. Then the second thing to check on your power; to make make sure that your power cord hasn't come loose from the outlet behind the refrigerator. Now, if you are are having some trouble with some of the food keeping keeping cold you might want to check your temperature controls. In this particular model we actually have readouts for the temperature which tell us what the refrigerator is set for, and what the freezer is set for. Your recommended settings are going to range anywhere from about thirty four degrees up to thirty eight degrees for your refrigerator, and the freezer should stay right around zero degrees for food to stay fresh, so you want to check those. With this particular unit we have a built in ice maker and and water dispenser. You want to; if your water is not flowing you want to check your filter first. In this case, this one has a filter sensor, which tells you if your filter's getting near the end or it's time to replace it. Now, if water isn't coming out at all most of the time that means you need to replace your filter. If you're havin' trouble with ice comin' out you have an agitator arm that rotates in this basket. With the frost-free cycles of your freezer the ice can get clumped together, so you may need to manually break up your ice. That arm can get stuck in there, and that's usually a common problem that you have with ice not coming out. Now, beyond that; if you're havin' some operational problems, or food not staying cold enough, or if you don't hear; if you've checked all your power and you don't hear any noise, or you don't hear your compressor comin' on, and any, or any kind of fan you may have something that's more integral to the operation of the refrigerator. You may want to consult a professional service at at that point. So, I'm Tim Gipson, and that's how to diagnose your refrigerator.

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