Refrigerators becoming more and more digital throughout the years, in spite of working on the same, basic industry standards. The fundamental mechanics still electric motors, compressors, compressed coolant and tubing, all working together to draw the heat from the interior and its contents.
It is not the basic mechanical parts of the refrigerator that makes it a problem to make home repairs. The electric motors aren't that complex, metal tubing is straightforward and can be fixed – however the controls have changed on a few models from well known buttons and changed to computerized touch-screen "interfaces."
Old or new?
Before the new computerized touch-screen refrigerators, they were very basic systems. You can find many articles or videos on the web to walk you through basic repairs and a handy man may be able to figure out what they need to do to make the repairs. More skilled individuals may be able to replace a motor or compressor.
Newer refrigerators have computerized panels which means that their could be issues with "the brains" of the computer which could require the replacement of circuit boards or other computer elements. These are not the most straightforward repairs to do, and you may have a more difficult time making these repairs without a higher level of training. Repairs like these may require replacing an entire module of various circuits and controls.
Most of the easiest repairs made on your refrigerator are more a preventive maintenance, than a repair. Among these are:
• Cleaning coils
• Maintaining you refrigerator door seal
• Cleaning the refrigerator regularly
You can read more on refrigerator maintenance from another article that we posted.
The master plan
It is unlikely that you will perform many repairs on a new, digitally controlled, water- and ice-dispensing refrigerator. Mostly you will be doing maintenance, like taking care of any cosmetic problems, such as paint touch-up, replacing a broken door handle and so forth.
Basically with the technology advancement in refrigerators, it is very unlikely that you will have the needed ability to make home repairs. However, you still will have a short window to continue preventative maintenance and if you have an older model refrigerator, you may be able to keep them running a little longer by basic replacement or repair.
MONTH TO MONTH MAINTENANCE
Empty Ice: Your ice cubes can absorb smells from your freeze and cause blocks of ice to accumulate in the bottom of the ice container. To keep ice fresh, empty the ice container on a monthly basis and start fresh each month. It's also a great idea to put an open box of baking soda in the bottom of the freezer to absorb any odors.
EVERY THREE MONTHS MAINTENANCE
Inspect doors: Refrigerator and freezer doors can collect dirt and wobbly gaskets can keep fridge doors from shutting firmly and puts more wear and tear on the on motor. Clean dirty door gaskets with foamy water and dry totally. On the off chance that seals are free, their inserted magnets ought to be either replaced or re-magnetized.
If you're with small house repairs, re-magnetizing your refrigerator seal is a DIY work — simply run an intense magnet in the same direction of the gasket around 50 times.
Clean the condenser coils: Condenser curls in the back of your refrigerator cool and condense the refrigerant that's discharging heat. Be aware that any obstruction like pet hair, dust, cause the compressor to work harder and waste energy.
Every three months vacuum the condenser coils and fan using a brush attachment. Families with pets that shed should plan to clean the coils more frequent - month to month.
EVERY SIX MONTH MAINTENANCE
Water Filters: To ensure that you have clean water and ice, and to prevent clogs or leaks replace the water filter. Check your owners manual for where your water filter is located and how to replace it. After you've installed a new water filter, run a few gallons of water through it to make sure you remove any carbon residue in the water filter line.
Clean the drain hole and pan and make sure there is no food or mineral deposits, then clean the pan. (Check your owner's manual for directions.)