Refrigerators are built to be durable and long-lasting, but unexpected problems can arise. If your refrigerator or freezer isn't keeping your food cold, you need to take quick action. Many things can go wrong with a refrigerator, and some of the problems can be fixed with easy DIY repairs as long as you buy the right refrigerator parts. Here's how to tell if DIY repairs are suitable, where to find refrigerator parts, and how to go about refrigerator repairs.
When to Attempt DIY Repairs
First, make sure you won't void your warranty by making DIY repairs. The risk isn't worth it if you will lose out on using your warranty later if your repairs don't fix the problem or if you make the problem worse. Also, know your limitations. If you don't understand the exact steps for repairing or replacing a part, call a professional for help.
Since everyone has their own skillset, repair tasks that are easy for some may seem complicated to you. Also, always make sure you can find the exact refrigerator parts needed or call a professional to locate the right parts or make the right substitutions for you.
Where to Find Refrigerator Parts
When your refrigerator breaks down, you may need parts right away. Try looking for an appliance parts store, an appliance repair shop, or even a home improvement store so you can get the part the same day. You can also find refrigerator parts online, although you may need to wait a day or longer for delivery.
How to Repair Your Refrigerator
You can find instructions and videos online for repairing just about any kind of refrigerator. If you follow video instructions, be sure to find information about the specific brand and model for the refrigerator you own. Refrigerators are made differently, even different models of the same brand, so parts may not be where you expect if you watch a video for a different type of refrigerator.
Always keep your safety in mind. Unplug your refrigerator before you work on it or turn off the power at the electrical panel. Avoid working on parts that could be dangerous, such as the parts that hold refrigerant and the capacitor that holds an electrical charge.
Read or watch the instructions carefully so you know the refrigerator parts and repair tools you need before you start so you don't get frustrated by the need to stop work and run for more parts. Making simple repairs yourself will save money as long as you don't need to invest in expensive repair tools you'll only use once, and you'll get your refrigerator back in service fast.