You depend on your appliances to work like they are supposed to every day, but if for any reason they stop working, there are a few things that you can do before calling the repairman. When it comes to your refrigerator, there could be a variety of things that could go wrong with it. However, if your refrigerator is not running properly, has stopped running or to simply not cold enough, check these things first before calling a repairman. It may be something incredibly simple that you can take care of on your own, saving you time, money and frustration. The first thing to do with your refrigerator is to turn the thermostat up to the next highest setting and see what happens. If your refrigerator comes on, let it run for 24 hours and then re-check the temperature. If your refrigerator is colder, then you know that was the issue, and your refrigerator is still running properly.
In spite of letting it run for 24 hours to see if the thermostat was the issue, you can still do other things. That includes clearing out and removing any items that may be preventing proper airflow around your refrigerator. This includes behind it, on top of it, beside it, underneath it and in front of it. It is important that your refrigerator have at least three inches of clearance all the way around to run properly. If you have refrigerator that has condenser coils in the back, it is vital to make sure that your refrigerator is several inches away from the wall, and that there is nothing on the top of your refrigerator near the back that is preventing heat from coming off of the coils. If you have refrigerator that has condenser coils beneath the refrigerator, it is important to make sure that there is nothing blocking them either, so that they can cool properly. Regardless of the type of refrigerator you have, it is extremely important to keep those condenser coils clean, so thoroughly vacuum them at least two times per year.
If you refrigerator door is closing properly or it is sticking, you can easily wipe the gaskets all the way around the interior doors, making sure that the gaskets are clean from any debris, including sticky refrigerator messes. If the doors are not closing properly, you want to make sure that all of the shelves, drawers and even food inside your refrigerator are not preventing your refrigerator doors from closing properly on the inside. These same tips can also be used for your freezer, whether you have a separate deep freezer, a side-by-side refrigerator freezer, or a refrigerator freezer that is on top of one another. By taking these tips in using them, you may be able to eliminate many refrigerator problems on your own, saving you the cost and hassle of calling a repairman when you could easily do these things on your own. If for any reason these simple tips do not eliminate your refrigerator problems, then you will definitely want to call an experienced appliance repairman to assess and fix your refrigerator issues.