Refrigerator Issues | Best Pick Reports
Broken ice maker. A broken
ice maker, one of the most common refrigerator problems, is best left
to a professional. Often the problem is not the ice maker but a faulty
water valve. Many do-it-yourselfers actually create more damage by
attempting to repair or replace ice makers themselves.
Dripping/sweating around the freezer.
This problem is usually caused by condensation (water) buildup around
the freezer door. Many refrigerators use a small electric heater to
stop the condensation from forming. However, the electric heater is
often attached to a power saver switch that allows the homeowner to
turn it off. If the power saver switch is in the “on” position, the
heater is off, and condensation will form.
Leaking gasket. The gasket
is the rubber strip attached to the outside edges of both doors. It
provides a seal between the door and the body of the refrigerator when
the door is closed. If the gasket is faulty or leaking, the cold air
inside will continuously leak out, and the refrigerator will have to
work extra hard to keep food cold. This is much like an open window in
the middle of winter. Periodically inspect all refrigerator gaskets,
especially the bottom refrigerator door gasket, to identify problems.
Dirty coils. Periodically
clean the coils underneath the refrigerator. Dirty coils force the
refrigerator to work much harder to maintain the same inside
temperature and can greatly reduce refrigerator life. See your owner’s
manual for specific instructions.