A refrigerator is one of the few appliances in your home that runs continuously; day, night, and year round! In fact, the refrigerator is the most important appliance in your home, and one of the most expensive to operate. Its job is to protect your food investment. Anyone who’s been to the grocery store lately understands what a considerable investment you have inside your refrigerator. Proper refrigerator maintenance is crucial in maintaining top performance and protecting your investment. If you consider how hard a refrigerator has to work, it’s actually quite amazing that they don’t break down more often. On rare occasion, your refrigerator does stop working and you may face a high repair bill as well as the expense of replacing all your lost food. Not at A1 Appliance Repair! We offer affordable appliance repair on all your home appliances.
At A1 All City Appliance in San Antonio, we are available 24/7 for emergency refrigerator repair. If your refrigerator breaks, call us any time of the day or night and we’ll answer.
Facts About Most Refrigerators
Refrigerators and freezers consist of two basic components: a condenser coil and an evaporator coil. A liquid coolant is circulated through these coils by a compressor and a motor. The refrigerant liquid is cooled in the condenser; it then flows to the evaporator. At the evaporator, the air in the unit is cooled by contact with the liquid-filled coil. The condenser of a refrigerator or freezer is the coil on the outside of the unit; the evaporator is the coil on the inside. The coolant is circulated through the system by a compressor.
Your refrigerators’ compressor system, which forces the coolant through the coil system, is driven by a capacitor-type motor. Other basic parts of the cooling/defrosting system include switches, thermostats, heaters, condensers, and fans. A do-it-yourselfer can test and replace many of these refrigerator components but they must exercise caution to avoid injury or further damage to the refrigerator.
Common Causes for Refrigerators to Fail
The most common cause of refrigerator breakdown is a failure to keep the condenser clean. This component must be able to vent heat into the ambient air around the refrigerator or freezer. If it is clogged with house dust or animal fur, for example, it will reduce the efficiency of the unit at best and at worst cause components to overheat and perhaps be damaged beyond repair. Your owners manual probably recommends cleaning the condenser on a regular basis. Is the door closing properly? If not it can cause the interior light to stay on and that will affect cooling. A defective door switch can do the same thing. Here is a way to test the door seal. Open the door and place a piece of paper between the seal and the body of the box, then close the door. Is the paper easy to pull out or does it fall out on its own? If so, you may have a sealing problem. Another sure sign of this is frost around the area where the door seals. That indicates warm air is getting into the box and when it mixes with the cold are it forms frost. You can also make sure nothing in the box is obstructing it from closing completely.
List of Common Repair Issues
Water is dripping inside your refrigerator
Your refrigerator isn’t cooling properly
The refrigerator is making strange noises
The freezer isn’t fully cooling
Your Ice Maker is not making enough ice or not at all
The water dispenser is dispensing water very slowly or not at all
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Caution: Before doing any work on a refrigerator or freezer, make sure it’s unplugged. After unplugging the unit, check to see if the motor/compressor has a capacitor; this component is located in a housing on the top of the motor. Capacitors store electricity, even when the power to the unit is turned off. Before you do any work on a capacitor-type refrigerator or freezer, you must discharge the capacitor, or you could receive a severe shock.
Refrigerator Repair San Antonio
At A1 All City Appliance Repair San Antonio, we specialize in refrigerator repair. We can fix most brands and models of refrigerators including Maytag, Sub-Zero, Amana, Kenmore, General Electric, Whirlpool, Frigidaire, Dacor, Electrolux, Jenn-Air, Samsung, KitchenAid, Magic Chef, and more. We repair most refrigerator problems including; poor cooling, leaks, loud noises, and broken ice makers.
Great Everyday Refrigerator Maintenance Tips
Proper Maintenance and care are essential to keeping your refrigerator or any other appliance running properly. You can potentially save yourself expensive refrigerator repair fees by following these simple preventative measures.
- Locate refrigerators away from heat sources like your range or a sunny window.
- To prevent the refrigerator from overheating, locate the refrigerator in an area that allows for adequate airflow to the motor, coils, and compressor.
- Do not place your refrigerator on carpeting. Carpeting restricts air flow to the condenser which is generally located at the bottom of the refrigerator.
- Keep your refrigerator clean! Make sure to clean the condenser coils by gently brushing off the dust buildup that may cause overheating.
- Regularly clean the seals in order to maintain proper temperature control and system efficiency.
- Keep the inside of the refrigerator clean so cold air can circulate freely, and sweep or vacuum dust from underneath the refrigerator to promote good air flow.
Attempting to repair a refrigerator without proper training and safety procedures can be dangerous. Refrigerators should be repaired by a trained professional who has the knowledge and experience to safely fix your appliance. Repairs performed by an unqualified person could result in serious injury or even death.
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San Antonio, Cibolo, Schertz, Universal City, Helotes, Boerne, Leon Valley, Bulverde, Windcrest, New Braunfels, Live Oak, and Bexar County.
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How to extend the life of your refrigerator
- Keep it properly ventilated
Make sure there is space behind, in front and to the sides of your refrigerator to maintain proper airflow.
- Keep your refrigerator clean inside
It sounds like common sense but keeping your refrigerator clean is important. Make sure to wipe down any fluids that can gunk up and ruin any components.
- Keep the outside and underside of the unit clean
This is a critical step to perform at least monthly. We recommend sliding the refrigerator out to be able to access it from all sides as well as expose the floor area previously covered. Vacuum all areas that have accumulated any lint and debris. This will help to improve airflow and ventilation and improve the efficiency in which your refrigerator operates. If you have pets in the home, we suggest doing this at least every two weeks.