Buying a new refrigerator alone is not enough. You need to be well informed about the refrigerator parts, their availability, and maintenance. When it comes to an electronic device, we cannot be very sure about its lifetime. Sometimes, your device may work in a perfect condition for many years, and sometimes, if you aren’t lucky enough, it may break down in a couple of years. Whatever may be the case, you must be prepared to face it. When the refrigerator fails to perform, you need to find and replace the malfunctioning part.
When buying a new refrigerator part, you must be aware of the make and model of your refrigerator to get the correct part. If your refrigerator has a warranty, then the best option is to buy the branded parts and have a qualified person install them for you. If you are beyond the warranty, choosing the third party parts would be cost effective.
When you are going for a third party, make sure that the source you are buying from is legitimate and has been in business for a long time. You also need to take into account how long they will take to ship your ordered items. Opt for the ones that provide same day shipping as the parts and the functioning of your refrigerator are very crucial. Customer service is very important. You can be sure about this by calling them and asking about the parts, and if they are in stock, their shipping time, etc. This gives a clear idea of how they respond, and you can make your decision easily based on your experience.
Not all refrigerator problems require an expert. There are a few frequently occurring refrigerator problems that you can take care of by yourself. One of these problems is the functioning of the icemaker. When your icemaker stops making ice, below are the three things you could try before contacting your servicemen.
– Check the water inlet tube for ice
– Unblock the saddle valve
– Replace the water inlet valve
The owner’s manual will guide you through these processes. The second common issue is a refrigerator cooling problem. Immediately check the thermostats and vents. Clean the condenser coils. Sometimes the dust formed on the coils blocks the airflow thus creating cooling issues.
Refrigerator noise is another common problem. This is mainly due to the condenser fan motor or the compressor. You can remove the condenser fan by unscrewing the nails and replace it with a new fan. If the noise is due to the compressor, the only solution is going for a new fridge. Compressors are very costly and replacing them, unless it is a fairly new fridge, is not worthwhile.
By cleaning and maintaining the refrigerator, you could avoid most cosmetic issues. The icemaker is one part that requires good maintenance. Change the filters as and when required to avoid the problems created by the inbuilt water purification systems in most refrigerator models. The shelves and bins do not require any replacement if you maintain them on a regular basis. Cleaning them is very simple. Warm water, soap, and a damp cloth will do the trick.
Another issue that occurs in most fridges is the light not turning on when the door is open. There are two reasons for this. One is the bulb inside is dead. In this case, you need to change the bulb. These bulbs are readily available in many shops. You just need to know the model. The other reason is the trigger switch that triggers the operation is not working. In this case, you need to remove the switch and perform an inspection. With regular maintenance, your refrigerator will be in its best shape for years, making your life easier. Also changing the worn out parts will make your fridge energy efficient.