Common Fridge Problems & Faults

Common Fridge Problems & Faults

Find out how to fix some of the most common refrigerator problems and faults at Home Appliance Care. We're going to walk you through some of the most common fridge faults to help you figure out what’s gone wrong. Please bear in mind that this is just a basic guide to help you identify potential issues and we don't advise carrying out any in depth repair work yourself.

Here is a list of common problems to help you with your refrigerator fault finding:

Fridge is making noise

Noisy fridges aren't just annoying, they can also lead to increased energy bills! The most common cause is a build-up of debris and dust around the condenser coils. To fix this, unplug your fridge and locate your condenser coils (usually on the bottom of your fridge). Use a toothbrush to brush the coil clean and hoover up any remaining debris.

Fridge isn't cold enough

If your fridge isn't as cold as it should be, there are a few quick fixes you can try. The first step is to check the thermostat and see if it's on the correct temperature. Different models use different numbering systems, so make sure to read the user manual.

Next, check that the vents on the back of the fridge compartment aren’t blocked by boxes or food as the vents have to be clear for cold air to circulate. Clogged coils (usually located on the back of the unit) can also lead to poor cooling, so vacuum them to keep them clean.

Fridge is freezing food

If food in your fridge is beginning to freeze, you've probably got a problem with the thermostat. You can test this by moving it from the lowest to highest setting and listening out for a click. If you hear the click, then your thermostat is probably fine. If you don’t hear a click, it'll need to be tested for continuity and possibly replaced.

If you are in doubt that your fridge has been repaired correctly, we recommend contacting a professional. You can get a repair quote from Home Appliance Care to arrange a visit from one of our team of fully trained engineers. Alternatively, you can call us on 0844 248 4591 to arrange an appointment today.

It's not just fridges, we also have handy guides for other common household appliances such as gas ovens, electric hobs, and freezers.