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1. Refrigerator Temperature Isn’t Cold Enough

2. Refrigerator Ice Maker Isn’t Working

3. Refrigerator Isn’t Working

4. Refrigerator Is Making Strange Noises

5. Refrigerator Is Not Dispensing Water or Ice

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Top 5 Most Common Refrigerator Repairs

5 min readUpdated Mar. 19, 2024Lyle WeischwillRefrigerator
Top 5 Most Common Refrigerator Repairs

Dealing with refrigerator issues can disrupt your daily routine, but many common problems have straightforward solutions. In this guide, we explore the top five most common refrigerator repairs, offering insights into what might be causing them and how to effectively address them. From temperature control issues to malfunctioning ice makers, understanding these common fridge snafus can help you troubleshoot and resolve problems efficiently.


  • Ensuring the refrigerator's temperature settings are correct and the condenser coils are clean can significantly improve its cooling efficiency.
  • A malfunctioning ice maker could be due to a seized-up ice maker motor module or a clogged water inlet valve, which may require replacement or cleaning respectively.
  • Addressing unusual noises promptly and changing the water filter every six months are essential steps in maintaining the refrigerator's performance and longevity.

Broken ice maker? No water? Won’t cool off? Here are the most common problems in fridges, what probably caused them and how to fix them.

Imagine opening your fridge and having to toss everything into the trash. When your refrigerator isn’t working properly for an extended time, that’s exactly what you’d have to do.
The good thing is many of the most common problems are something you can troubleshoot. Here are five common snafus, plus their likely causes and quick fixes.

1. Refrigerator Temperature Isn’t Cold Enough

If the refrigerator isn't cooling properly, the problem could be as simple as the temperature control settings being inadvertently changed. Check the settings and make sure they haven't been moved. Gradually move the temperature setting down until the refrigerator reaches the desired temperature, usually around 35 to 36 degrees Fahrenheit.

Another simple issue could be a dirty condenser coil. Over time, dust and debris can gather on the coils, reducing their efficiency. Unplug the refrigerator and gently clean the coils with a coil brush or a vacuum cleaner.

If cleaning the coils doesn't improve the temperature, the issue could be the defrost thermostat. When it fails, frost can accumulate on the evaporator coils. Replacing this part requires some technical know-how, so if you're unsure, it's best to consult with a professional technician who can safely make the repair.

2. Refrigerator Ice Maker Isn’t Working

Ice makers can stop working for a few reasons, one of which is a seized motor module. The module controls the ice tray's movements and initiates the cycle of ice production. If it's stuck, no ice can be made.

The water inlet valve could also be at fault. If the inlet valve is clogged, water can't reach the ice maker to form ice. Shut off the water supply to the refrigerator to prevent flooding, then examine the valve for any blockages or signs of damage. With a soft cloth, gently clean away any hard water minerals on the inlet screens. A damaged water valve should be replaced.

Another issue could be with the ice maker's ice mold heater. It may sound counter-intuitive, but most ice makers use a heater to release the cubes. If the heater stops working, ice will stick in the mold. A technician should check the heater and other components of the ice maker to determine the problem.

3. Refrigerator Isn’t Working

When your refrigerator isn't working at all, make sure it's plugged in and that there's no damage to the power cord. Check your home's circuit breaker and reset it if it's tripped. Also check the refrigerator's power outlet with a lamp or hair dryer to verify it is receiving power.

The problem might be due to a failed electronic control board. It's the brain of your appliance, regulating various functions based on the feedback it receives from sensors. Power surges, age, or simple wear and tear can lead to its failure. If you suspect the control board is the problem, and power to the refrigerator is okay, it's best to have a repair professional take a look at the refrigerator for you.

4. Refrigerator Is Making Strange Noises

Unusual noises coming from your refrigerator can be concerning, but some are quite normal. Moving parts like the fan or compressor cause whirring or humming noise during normal operation. But, buzzing or rattling could be a blocked fan blade, and should be checked by a pro.

New, persistent or particularly unusual noises, like a loud clanking or knocking, could indicate a more serious problem. Consulting with a repair professional to accurately diagnose and fix the problem early is the best way to prevent possible food loss and expensive repairs later.

5. Refrigerator Is Not Dispensing Water or Ice

Are you changing the filter regularly? Over time, the water filter in your fridge will collect and store the debris and contaminants it’s designed to filter out. So first and foremost, change the filter every 6 months–more frequently if water flow slows. In many of the newer fridges, there’s a sensor inside the door that tells you when to do it.

If the filter is okay, check the water supply line from your home to the refrigerator to make sure it isn't kinked. Have a qualified technician take a look at the refrigerator if the water supply looks okay.

When your refrigerator shows signs of trouble, it's crucial to address them promptly to avoid food spoilage and costly repair bills. While some fixes can be straightforward, professional expertise ensures your refrigerator receives the best care. If you find yourself needing assistance, Sears Home Services is here to help. Our skilled technicians are equipped to handle any refrigerator repair, big or small. Don't let refrigerator problems disrupt your routine—schedule your service with Sears Home Services today.

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