through any sort of appliance malfunction is an
inconvenience, but you can survive.
on the fritz? Go old school and fill up the sink. Washer
or dryer problems? Take a trip to the laundromat. No
A/C? Hang out at the mall to stay cool.
having no refrigerator takes appliance malfunctions to
another level. Itís possible all the food in the
fridge will spoil, and no one wants that.
refrigerator problems arenít always dire. Here are a
few common refrigerator problems, causes and a price
range for repair.
pooling on the floor
to appliance repair technicians, there are several
possible causes. Refrigerators with ice makers, water
dispensers and filters offer more opportunity for leaks.
the refrigerator ages and the tubing gets more brittle,
then itíll have a tendency to crack a lot of times and
leak," says Lanny Adams, owner of Lanny Adams
Appliance Service of Atlanta, Ga.
insulation around the water filter system is another
possible culprit, Adams adds. Cost to repair a fridge
leak depends on the issue, but often runs $130 to $400.
clogged defrost drain can also cause a leak, especially
in refrigerators with French doors, says Patrick Mohyde,
owner of Apple Appliance Repair of Austin, Tex.
Repairing a clogged drain ranges from $95 to $120.
mainly the newer refrigerators," Mark Wysocki,
owner of Markís Appliance Service of Northfield, Ohio,
says about clogged defrost drains. "They used to
put heaters in the drains, but because of energy
efficiency they stopped doing that, and weíre running
into this more and more."
number of important components, such as a compressor,
start relay, evaporator fan or condenser fan, can
malfunction and cause the refrigerator to stop cooling.
things that cause it not to cool is the defrost
(system)," Adams says. "The system
malfunctions then ice builds up in the evaporator coil
in the freezer, and that can cause the unit to quit
cooling in the refrigerator side first, and then it
progresses to the freezer."
board malfunctions also cause many of the failures in
newer refrigerators, Wysocki says. Repair costs usually
start around $200 and continue upward to about $900,
depending on the issue.
door wonít stay shut
could be an easy one ó or not. Both Mohyde and Wysocki
say when they receive a call about the refrigerator door
not staying closed, they ask the homeowner to remove the
contents and try again.
the door doesnít shut properly, itís usually
something in the way," Mohyde says. "Every
once in a while youíve got a hinge down at the bottom
that breaks, but thatís usually rare." Wysocki
adds, "I would say eight out of 10 times, itís
food in the way."
the instances when itís not food, it could be a warped
door. Children swinging or hanging on the door can cause
it to warp and not close properly. The fix may be a new
door, or to replace the gasket so the door will seal
again, Adams says, adding that gasket installation costs