Whirlpool Troubleshooting: How to Fix a Fridge
Your refrigerator must work to keep you and your family fed. When something is wrong, it may feel urgent. It may be that the solution is simple, and you can do it yourself. Use this guide to help identify the problem. Then, try to fix it by following a few troubleshooting steps. If you don’t see any improvement after attempting these steps, then it’s time to call a pro. To learn how to diagnose refrigerator issues, continue reading.
What’s the most basic way to troubleshoot and repair a refrigerator?
Consult your manual before attempting to fix or take apart anything. Many manuals have specific instructions for your model. You can resolve many fridge problems yourself or diagnose the issue quickly. Some problems may require professional assistance, but it is difficult to know without trying a few fixes.
Poor production or quality
The solution to a problem with your icemaker may be as simple as you think. You should know that if you have just installed your fridge, it can take up to 72 hours before ice starts to be produced. It can take up to 24 hours for a refrigerator that has recently had a lot of ice removed. Check that the ice maker hasn’t been accidentally turned off before you begin troubleshooting.
Check out the water level
It is possible that your ice maker does not have enough water. Check the connection to the water supply in the refrigerator’s back. Check the water line for kinks to see if it is securely connected.
Fully open the water valve
Find the shutoff valve. It’s typically in the wall behind your fridge (sometimes concealed in a panel), in the cabinet beside the refrigerator, or under the sink. Turn the valve counterclockwise to ensure that it is fully opened.
Remove water filter
Remove the filter and leave it out for a few hours or even a day. If the ice volume increases, it could be that the filter is clogged. Replace the filter or install it correctly.
The refrigerator does not cool
Consider if there has been a recent power outage or a lot of food added. It can take several hours to get the temperature back to normal. If the refrigerator was just installed, it may take up to 24 hours for the temperature to return to normal.
Verify the settings
Some refrigerators require that the cooling function be activated to cool down. Check to see if the refrigerator has been accidentally turned off. Check if the fridge is still in Showroom or Demo mode if you just installed it. Consult the Use and Care Guide for instructions on how to turn these settings on and off. If none of these is true, you can turn the temperature down and wait 24 hours.
Check for blocked air vents
Leaving enough space between the refrigerator and freezer compartments is essential to maintain the right temperature. Vents in the freezer and refrigerator allow cool air to enter and exit the compartment. Check that there are no obstructions in the vents.
How to clean the coils of the condenser
In a typical home, there is no need to clean the condenser regularly. If the air is particularly dusty or greasy, or if there are pets in the house, it is recommended that the condenser be cleaned every two to three months.
The refrigerator motor is running too much
Your new refrigerator may have a compressor with high efficiency. This optimizes energy consumption and regulates temperature better to match cooling needs. You might notice that the fridge operates differently from what you were used to. It is common for the high-efficiency compressor to run continuously at varying speeds over a long period to employ only the energy needed for maximum efficiency.
Check the installation of the refrigerator
Most refrigerators can be installed in areas between 55degF and 110degF. The refrigerators should not be near a heat source like an oven or radiator. If the location is too cold or too warm, it could make the motor work harder. Ensure you have enough room to ventilate the refrigerator according to your manual.
Keep your doors closed as much and as long as possible
Open doors often or for long periods. This will increase the temperature in the house, causing the motor to work overtime. Keep an eye on how frequently the refrigerator doors are opened. Also, ensure the door seal is entirely in contact with the fridge. If you don’t see any, wipe it down to clear any obstructions. The refrigerator can burn out bulbs if the doors are left open.
Set controls correctly
The factory usually sets the temperature control to “mid setting,” which should be the correct setting for everyday household use. Controls are correctly formed when the beverages are at your desired temperature. If you select the controls low, the fridge may freeze food and run longer.
My water dispenser isn’t working
You will most likely find similar solutions whether your water dispensing system leaks or dispenses water slowly. These troubleshooting techniques will help you solve most water dispenser problems.
SCheck water filter
If the water filter is incorrectly installed or clogged, it will reduce water flow and slow the dispensing. The filter can be checked by dispensing water to see how much water flows. Remove the water filter. The filter is inside the refrigerator compartment or at the base of the grille. The filter should be removed before you dispense any water. If the water flows noticeably more, the filter will likely be clogged. If the flow is low, it will be necessary to replace the filter.
Flush water system
The system should be flushed every time the filter needs to be changed or the refrigerator has been connected for the first time. There may be air in your water system, causing dripping or slow water dispensing at the dispenser.
Checking water pressure
The pressure of your water should be between 30-120 psi. If your water pressure falls below that level, you may have a problem connecting to the water or the filter. The reverse osmosis can also contribute to low pressure.
The refrigerator sounds loud and noisy
It’s possible that you haven’t heard every sound made by refrigerators or freezers. These noises can be heard from behind your refrigerator, in the fridge or freezer, or from your ice machine. You need to know what noises are normal and which indicate a problem. For better Whirlpool or Bosch refrigerator repair read our manual