Refrigerator Repair Tips

By Lyle Weischwill | Dec. 19, 2023 9:54 am PST

Refrigerator repair tips and advice.

No one ever wants to be without their refrigerator. When your fridge stops cooling, you’re desperate to get it fixed fast.

Follow these expert tips to get your refrigerator working again in no time.

Try DIY Troubleshooting First

Follow the basic troubleshooting tips described in the owner’s manual for your fridge first. Here are some additional tips to help you fix common fridge problems on your own.

Refrigerator Not Running

Follow these DIY troubleshooting tips to fix your refrigerator if it is not running:

  • Make sure the power cord wasn’t unplugged or the control wasn’t turned off by mistake. *Confirm that the fridge is receiving power. If the light doesn’t come on when you open the door, reset the house circuit breaker for the refrigerator. If your home has a fuse box, check for a blown fuse and replace it if necessary.
  • If it doesn’t come on after resetting the breaker, make sure the power outlet is working by plugging another item into it and checking for power.
  • Look for an indication on the display that it’s running in Demo/Showroom mode and disable it if it’s active. When in this mode, the lights and display will be on but the refrigerator won’t actually be running. Refrigerators are sometimes delivered in Demo mode by mistake, or it can be accidentally turned on when cleaning the display or changing settings.

When these tips don’t fix the problem, set up service to have a Sears Home Services technician visit your home and repair the refrigerator.

Fridge Not Cooling

Here are troubleshooting tips to follow when your refrigerator isn’t cooling:

  • Be sure that you’ve waited long enough for the temperature to change after you’ve adjusted the controls—it can take up to 48 hours.
  • If the issue is happening in a crisper, meat, or deli drawer, adjust its airflow controls. Sliding the drawer’s controls to a colder setting will allow more air to flow to the drawer and keep the contents colder.
  • If the condenser coil is accessible from the front of your machine (behind a removable grill near the floor):
  1. Turn off your refrigerator and unplug its power cord.
  2. Carefully remove the grill and vacuum any dust that is under the refrigerator or on the grill.
  3. Clean the grill with mild soap and water and put it back in place.
  4. Plug the refrigerator in, turn it back on, and reset the controls to the desired temperature.

If these tips don’t help, have a service technician diagnose and repair the fridge.

Refrigerator Is Too Cold

These expert tips may help you resolve a problem with the refrigerator section being too cold:

  • Check the refrigerator temperature control setting and adjust it if necessary. Wait for 48 hours after making the adjustment for the temperature setting change to take full effect.
  • Check air vents to see if some are blocked by food containers. Move any containers from in front of air supply vents so the refrigerator compartment will cool properly.
  • Turn off the ice maker if you don’t have a water supply connected to ensure the refrigerator doesn’t lower the temperature to attempt to produce ice.
  • If you’ve used a large amount of ice recently, the refrigerator may have lowered the temperature to produce more. Wait 24 hours and see if the temperature returns to normal.

If these tips don’t help, schedule service to have a Sears Home Services technician visit your home and fix the problem.

Schedule Refrigerator Repair Service

When basic DIY troubleshooting doesn’t fix a refrigerator problem, set up service to have a Sears Home Services technician visit your home and repair the fridge.

Image of Sears Home Services tech helping a customer

Scheduling your refrigerator repair appointment with Sears Home Services is easy. Go to the online service scheduler and enter your information to set up your in-home repair service. Same-day and next-day refrigerator repair appointments are available in many areas.

Sears Home Services is the only nation-wide provider of appliance repair in America. We have over 2500 technicians across the country and we’re in your neighborhood. Our technicians are highly trained in refrigerator repair and experienced in servicing all major brands including Kenmore, Frigidaire, GE, Samsung, LG and Whirlpool. Sears Technicians average over 10 years of experience in the refrigerator repair field.

You’ll appreciate seeing a Sears Home Services Technician who can quickly and accurately diagnose and fix refrigerator problems when you set up repair through us. We provide the most reliable refrigeration repair service in the country.

Sears Home Services is here to help you quickly manage any type of refrigerator machine failure. Trust us to help you keep your entire home in top shape.

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