Since fridges are mechanical components, they will eventually have various problems which may cause distress and while others clearly require repair services, some can be effectively solved without technical help. A little observation, diagnosis and repair activities are all you need. In order to determine the cause of the problem, you need to understand its nature.

Leaking water on the floor

When your fridge begins to leak water on the floor, it could be due to different possible causes. For fridges that have an icemaker or water dispenser, check whether the lines have cracked and dried out. With depreciation and continued use, these lines get old and tend to dry out and eventually crack causing leakage. The other possible cause could be the de-frost tray at the bottom of the fridge. Movement and aging can cause the tray to crack or develop a hole that allows water to leak. For fridges with frost-free feature, check the back of the unit to see if the leak comes from there.

The fridge does not get or stay cold

Your fridge is supposed to get and remain cold when plugged in. sometimes this does not happen and is very common for frost-free models. Check whether the fan is running properly since it is responsible for air circulation and ensure the condenser coils are not packed with dust. Additionally, inspect you fridge door to see whether it shuts and seals properly. Remove any obstructions that may prevent it from properly sealing the door.

The loud bang is heard every time the fridge shuts off

This can be scary at first and requires immediate checkup to prevent any further damages. Usually, it could be that your condenser is blown. If a compressor spring gets stretched out or breaks off, it will tend to hit the outer casing producing a bang every time the fridge shuts off. If this is not the case, check for items stuck behind the fridge like tubing that touch each other or condenser blades that bruise other parts.

The fridge does not run at all

This is a great cause for worry and most people will simply call a professional once it happens. However, you can still check the cold control and frost timer (for frost-free models). Test the cold control using a bypass method and connect the wires. If this turns on the fridge, the cold control is simply faulty. The defrost timer can also get stuck. Simply turn the screw to bring the timer back on and then replace it.

Hot fridge edges

Some fridges may get hot around the edges and this is not unusual. Simply ensure the condenser is clean and has no dirt since this can cause tubing to get hot. You will probably need to change the cooling fan if it runs slowly. If all things are clean, check to see if the inside temperature is warm as the heat gets spread outward as well.


Most people will quickly contract repair professionals who may never turn down an opportunity to make money even if there is no real problem to fix. Although not all cases are DIY and sometimes you still need expert services, it still does not hurt to perform basic checks. It is therefore important to learn how to take care of some simple fridge problems. The above tips will help you discern possible causes of a variety of fridge problems.