FAQs about Refrigerators

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Do you know everything about your refrigerator? Do you have some questions about your refrigerator? The answer to this will probably be yes for everyone. You might know enough about the working of your refrigerator or about its components, but there is always something more to know. There are some common or frequently asked questions that come to the mind of everyone at some point in time. In this article, we have researched and prepared a list of some Frequently Asked Questions or FAQs about Refrigerators to help you clear any doubts in your mind regarding your favorite appliance.

  1. Do refrigerators normally make some sound?

    Yes, refrigerators do make some sound while operating normally. If your refrigerator is making sounds like buzzing, hissing/rattling, popping, pulsating/whirring or air rushing, cracking/ thumping/creaking, water running, and gurgling/boiling/ sizzling, and the sound are not too loud, it is normal. But if these sounds are too loud or there is some other kind of noise coming out of your refrigerator, it might be better to look for the source of these sounds and get it fixed. You can know more about how to fix noisy refrigerators in our blog about Solutions for a noisy refrigerator

  2. The refrigerator doors do not close completely

    Some reasons why your refrigerator door does not close properly can be food blocking the door, shelf or bin not placed properly, and unstable or wobbling refrigerator. To fix this problem make sure to adjust all the shelves and bins properly in their place and keep the food and packages away from the door before closing it. In case, the refrigerator is wobbly or unstable, level the appliance accordingly.

    Some refrigerator leveling accessories that you can look for:
    1. Pro Project Supplys Never-Rot 8 Inch Composite Shims
    2. Universal Mobile Base Fridge Stand

  3. Refrigerator doors are difficult to open

    If you have to apply too much strength to open a refrigerator door, there is some issue for sure. It can be because of a sticky or dirty door gasket or seals causing it to stick too strongly. The simple solution for it is to clean the gasket. You are required to unplug your refrigerator and then, clean the contact surface and the gasket with warm water and mild soap. Rinse the surfaces with a soft cloth and the mixture carefully and then dry it completely before restarting your refrigerator. 

  4. Can I purchase an extended warranty after I purchased my refrigerators?

    Yes. In fact, it is highly recommended to buy an extended warranty while purchasing a refrigerator. These extended warranties will increase the warranty period on your refrigerator helping you in saving repair costs for a longer period. 

  5. There is some interior moisture buildup in the refrigerator

    Some amount of moisture buildup inside the refrigerator is normal but if it is excessive, then it might be a sign of some problem. The two main reasons behind this excessive moisture are refrigerator doors being opened often or left open for long and blocked refrigerator air vents. Open refrigerator door allows the humid air inside leading to moisture formation. Make sure to close the doors fully closed all the time and minimize opening the doors. Also, keep the area around the air vents clutter-free and remove any object in its way for proper airflow.

  6. There is water in the refrigerator defrost drain pan

    Water in refrigerator defrost drain means either your refrigerator is defrosting or the atmosphere around is more humid than normal. Both of these are normal and the water will evaporate on its own eventually. In the case of a humid atmosphere, the water will take a little to evaporate, but it will. So, you don’t need to worry about it, just remember to clean the pan carefully once the water has evaporated.

  7. The freezer control and lights of the refrigerator are on, but the compressor is not operating

    When the refrigerator is defrosting, the compressor doesn’t operate. So, if your refrigerator is working but the compressor is not running, wait for about 40 to 45 minutes to see if your refrigerator restarts. But, in case it doesn’t, contact an expert as soon as possible.

  8. The refrigerator is leaking water

    One of the main reasons behind water leakage from the refrigerator is the use of plastic tubing instead of copper tubing for completing water connection. Copper tubing is recommended for installation because the plastic tubings are less durable and can be easily damaged, causing water leakages. You can find more about the refrigerator water leakage problem and its solutions in our blog 8 common refrigerator problems.

    These are some recommended water supply line:
    1. Eastman 41033 Braided Stainless Steel Ice Maker Connector, 5
    2. Certified Appliance Accessories Ice Maker Water Line

  9. The ice maker is unable to produce enough ice

    If your refrigerator ice maker is not producing enough ice or if it is not producing ice at all, you need to make sure that the refrigerator is connected to the supply line and that the water shut-off valve is turned on.

  10. Does my refrigerator need annual maintenance?

    Yes, refrigerators need annual maintenance to keep them working properly. You can follow your owner’s manual for general maintenance instructions and you can also read our recommendations for taking care of your refrigerator, to make them last longer.

  11. How cold should my refrigerator be?

    The ideal temperature for a refrigerator is between 35 degrees to 38 degrees Fahrenheit. It ensures that the temperature is not too cold to freeze your food but cool enough to keep your food fresh for a long time.

    If you need a new refrigerator thermometer, you can have a look at these:
    1. JSDOIN Freezer Refrigerator Refrigerator Thermometers Large Dial Thermometer
    2. Rubbermaid Refrigerator Freezer Cooler Fridge Thermometer

  12. What is the lifespan of a refrigerator?

    The average lifespan of a refrigerator is approximately 15 to 20 years. A refrigerator’s useful life is affected by its model, manufacture, and maintenance throughout.

  13. What are some specialty refrigerators?

    Besides the standard refrigerators that we usually have in our houses, there are some new specialty refrigerators available in the market these days. Some of these specialty refrigerators include beverage refrigerators, wine refrigerators, etc. These refrigerators have a dual temperature control system that allows you to store drinks in two different temperature settings.

  14. How often should the water filter be replaced?

    Usually, it is necessary to replace your refrigerator water filter at least twice a year but to be sure, check your owner’s manual. The usable life of the water filter also varies as per the quality of water in your home. 

    Some bestselling refrigerator water filters that you can look for:
    1. EveryDrop by Whirlpool 10383251 Refrigerator Water Filter 1
    2. Frigidaire FRIGCOMBO ULTRAWF Water Filter & Paultra Air Filter Combo Pack

  15. How much energy does a refrigerator use?

    Refrigerators don’t use too much energy to run and thus don’t add much to your electricity bill. The new energy-efficient models help even more in saving on your energy costs.

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