You work hard to earn the money it takes to keep your family fed and the last thing you need is for your food to spoil. If your refrigerator isn’t cold enough, that is a real possibility. If you or one of your family members eats food that’s not properly chilled, you can get very ill. That’s the last thing anybody needs. Don’t panic. Take a few minutes to evaluate the situation to find out what the problem is. You might be able to take care of this yourself. Here’s how to tell if you need a refrigerator repair company, or it’s something you can handle.
DIY Refrigerator Diagnosis
If your refrigerator isn’t cold enough, you might automatically think that it needs to be replaced. At the very least, you’re going to have a repair bill. But, that’s not necessarily true. In fact, the solution to the problem might be much simpler and less expensive to remedy than you expect. Just follow these five simple steps:
- Check the Power – Make sure that your refrigerator is plugged in properly and that it’s getting power. The light should come on inside the fridge when the door is opened and you’ll be able to hear the fan and compressor as the fridge runs. (Don’t touch the cord if it looks like it’s plugged in. See below.)
- Check the Thermostat – Take a look at the thermostat control inside your refrigerator and make sure it hasn’t been turned down by mistake. Adjust the setting to a higher number on the dial or digital control and check the temperature in an hour or two to see if the temperature drops.
- Organize the Freezer – Be sure that the vents located at the back of the freezer compartment aren’t blocked off with frozen foods. Those vents help circulate the cold air through the freezer and into the refrigerator. Organize the items in the freezer to allow the air to flow freely and check back in a while.
- Vacuum the Coils – If the coils under or behind the fridge are dirty or clogged it won’t be able to stay cold. Unplug the refrigerator and carefully vacuum the coils to remove any dust or other debris build-ups. Never do this unless the unit is unplugged, or you risk getting a nasty, painful electrical shock.
- Check the Fan – If your refrigerator has coils underneath, it also will have a condenser fan. If this fan is dirty or is being obstructed, it can’t move the air around. Again, with the refrigerator unplugged, spin the fan by hand and clean each blade. If the fan blade doesn’t move easily, you’re going to need some help.
When to Call A Refrigerator Repair Company
If you’ve gone through this list of simple fixes and you’re still not happy with the coldness of your fridge, or you’re experiencing other problems, it’s time to call a refrigerator repair company in Long Island like Fleet Appliance. Our professional technicians will diagnose the problem and make the repairs on your refrigerator or freezer quickly and safely.
Refrigerator Stops Working Suddenly
If your refrigerator suddenly quits working, the first thing to do is check that it’s plugged in right. That was the first step above. If it looks like it’s plugged in all the way, visually inspect the cord to make sure it’s not damaged. Fraying, or breaks in the cord have to be addressed by a professional. DO NOT touch the cord, or attempt to unplug the unit if you notice a worn cord, you’ll get a nasty shock, or worse. Our technicians are highly trained and they’ll safely take care of the cord and make sure it works properly.
Refrigerator Starts Making Strange Noises
You hear your refrigerator come on and go off as it goes about its normal operations. What’s not normal is a high-pitched screech, knocks, bangs, or clunking that isn’t because of an ice maker. These sounds mean your refrigerator has a serious issue that you can’t take care of on your own. Not only is it potentially dangerous for you to try, but it’s also complicated and difficult. In other words, leave it to a refrigerator repair professional.
Refrigerator Springs a Leak
A puddle of water inside of your refrigerator or on the floor around it is a sign of a clogged defrost drain. That water isn’t just making a mess, it will also damage your kitchen floors and cabinets if left unchecked. The problem is that a clogged defrost drain isn’t an easy fix. In fact, most refrigerator manufacturers hide the drain and it’s impossible to get to without the professional tools and training. Don’t worry, we can do it for you.
Why You Should Call Fleet Appliance Corp
We know that refrigerator issues cause stress and anxiety for you and we don’t like to see our neighbors unhappy. We proudly serve our community and our friendly staff is always ready to lend a hand. We’ll honestly evaluate your refrigerator problem, explain what we recommend to fix it, and give you the opportunity to ask questions and make the right decision for you.
- Over 2 Decades of Reliable, Personal Service
- Fast, Friendly Service Anytime You Need Us
- Trained, Certified Technicians
- Proficient in a Many Appliance Brands
- No High-Pressure Sales Tactics or Gimmicks
- Parts and Labor Service Warranties
- Real-Time Status Tracking
It’s understandable to be frustrated if your refrigerator quits working right. After all, you rely on it and it’s letting you down. Plus, a new refrigerator with a freezer will set you back $1,000 and if you lose all that food in your fridge and freezer, you’ll have to throw it out and replace it. That’s more money out of your pocket. You’ve checked everything and there’s nothing you can do to make Instead of jumping to the conclusion that you have to buy a new fridge, call Fleet Appliance Corp at (631) 286-7899. We’ll send a friendly, professional technician over to evaluate the problem. In most cases, the repair can be made immediately so you can get back to life.
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