Refrigerator Service Tips

A Few Tips on how to service your refrigerator

A refrigerator can be both a strange and mysterious thing. The introduction of this popular kitchen appliance has allowed us to keep foods cold and fresh whereas they may have otherwise needed to be thrown out. Though the initial expense of a refrigerator might be high, the cost savings later on simply cannot be denied. The problem however will come when the appliance stops working, and then you will need some good tips on how to service your refrigerator. Luckily, we happen to have some for you right here.

Tip #1: The Blown Fuse

One of the most common refrigerator ‘problems’ occurs when it simply seems to stop working. At this point the light may be out and the appliance will have stopped emitting its signature ‘hum’. Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater just yet; the refrigerator may have actually blown a fuse or tripped a circuit breaker. Check at the breaker box before you do anything drastic.

Tip #2: Check the Gasket

If your refrigerator seems to be leaking, or not keeping the items within cold enough, you may need to replace the gasket. The gasket is the rubber lip around the edge of the refrigerator and is easy enough to replace. You will first need to find a gasket that matches yours and determine how the old one is held on. Sometimes it will be a clip, other times screws. On newer units it may actually be an adhesive. In any case, it is important to ensure that the gasket you are installing is room temperature before the procedure is completed.
Tip #3: Leaky Fridge
It is not uncommon for a refrigerator to begin leaking water, and this will call for you to determine what is wrong with the drainage tube. Typically the tube drains from the back of the refrigerator and into a tray, but it is possible for the tube to become frozen or obstructed. If you find this to be the case, unplug the unit, locate the tube(see your owner’s manual) and attempt to locate the obstruction.


There are many potential problems that can occur with a refrigerator, and while you can attempt service at home, there are some issues that only a professional can address. Make sure you have a repair professional on call and ready to go at a moments notice. You never know when you might need it.