10 Common Questions about Refrigerator
Do refrigerators normally make some sound?
Yes, In the normal operation refrigerators do make some sounds like buzzing, hissing/rattling, popping, pulsating/whirring or air rushing, cracking/ thumping/creaking, water running, and gurgling/boiling/ sizzling. If the sound is not too loud or there is some other kind of noise coming out from 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 the Reason for Noise in refrigerators.
The refrigerator doors do not close completely
There are many reasons that can block the door to close. Some of the reasons may be Food blocking, shelf or bin not placed properly, and unstable or wobbling refrigerator, door hind broke. 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.
Refrigerator doors are difficult to open
This happens because of sticky or dirty door gasket or seal causing it to stick too strongly. If you have to apply too much strength to open a refrigerator door, there is some issue for sure. The solution to this problem is to clean the gasket. You may follow this to clean your refrigerator.
- Unplug your refrigerator
- Clean the contact surface
- Clean the gasket with warm and mild soap.
- Rinse the surface with soft cloth.
- Ensure dryness before restarting the refrigerator.
There is some interior moisture buildup in the refrigerator
A small amount of moisture buildup inside the refrigerator is normal but if it is excessive, then it might be a sign of some problem. There are main two reasons behind this excessive moisture.
- Refrigerator doors being opened often or left open for long: 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.
- Blocked refrigerator air vents: Also, keep the area around the air vents clutter-free and remove any object in its way for proper airflow.
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.
The freezer control and lights of the refrigerator are on, but the compressor is not operating
The compressor doesn’t operate while defrosting. 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.
The refrigerator is leaking water
The main reason behind water leakage from the refrigerator is the use of plastic tubing instead of copper tubing for completing water connections. The plastic tubing is less durable and easily damaged. It will lead to leakage of water. For this reason, Copper tubing is recommended for installation.
The ice maker is unable to produce enough ice
There may be two possible solutions.
- you need to make sure that the refrigerator is connected to the supply line.
- The water shut-off valve is turned on.
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.
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.