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Common Outdoor Refrigerator Troubleshooting And Their Solutions

Have you ever encountered a problem with any of your appliances and didn’t know what to do?

Of course, you have!

In this article, I will list problems you might encounter with your outdoor refrigerator, and give you troubleshooting tips that might help.

1. The refrigerator is not operating

First, check if the unit is plugged in, and do so if it is not. If that is not the cause of the problem, perhaps you have unwittingly set the temperature control at “OFF”. Change it back to “ON” if that is the case.

Another cause would be if the circuit breaker has tripped or the fuse has blown. If it’s a blown fuse, no problem, just replace it.

But if the circuit breaker has tripped, call in an electrician as diagnosing might involve opening up the fridge to go through every circuit in detail and the use of specialized equipment.

Other causes include a faulty timer or a faulty compressor fan. Call in a professional to help with any of those problems.

2. The refrigerator keeps turning on and off

If your refrigerator turns on and off frequently, check for:

i) A higher than normal ambient temperature. If that’s the problem, adjust temperatures to the correct setting.

ii) The door gasket is not sealing properly. Replace it

3. The refrigerator’s door isn’t shutting properly

If the door doesn't close properly, check for any of the following:

i) A dirty or bent gasket. Replace it.

ii) Bins, shelves, and baskets that are out of position. Adjust them.

iii) Perhaps the unit is not level. In that case, change the position, or move it to a more level ground or part of the floor.

iv) You or a handyman had reversed the door but failed to reinstall it correctly. In that case, you will have to remove the door and install it the right way.

4. The refrigerator does not cool

  • If you are experiencing excessively hot weather, adjust the thermostat to several degrees lower than your current setting.
  • Examine your door gasket for any leaks. If the gasket is faulty, promptly replace it.
  • Perhaps your refrigerator needs defrosting. So clean out the interior of both the freezer and the fridge, and open their doors to let warm air in. After defrosting, reset and test the refrigerator.
  • Check if your door is shutting tightly. If this is the problem, ensure the unit is level, and check if the hinges need replacing.
  • Storing too much food in the refrigerator can cause it to overload. If you’ve been overloading it, decrease the quantity of food you store in the unit.
  • If the condenser fan has clogged, clean the fan assembly. Remember to unplug before cleaning to avoid electrocution. Otherwise, replace the condenser fan or call in a professional.
  • If there is frost on the evaporator coil, defrost the unit, and afterward defrost often.
  • The timer could be faulty, in which case you should test and replace it. But if the timer is too complex, consult a professional.
  • Other possible causes are a faulty defrost heater or leaking coolant. Call in a professional to take a look at the unit.

5. The refrigerator runs continuously

-If the condenser coils are dirty, clean them. When dust and debris build up around the condenser coils, it causes the refrigerator to run continuously, prevents proper cooling, and may even cause the unit to stop completely. Unplug the refrigerator before cleaning the coils.

  • Check the door gasket for any leaks, and replace it if it’s faulty.
  • The thermostat controls could be set incorrectly. In that case, adjust to a higher temperature.
  • Check for leaking coolant, and call in a professional.
  • Avoid opening the refrigerator door too frequently.

6. Water leaks from the unit

Check for three things:

i) Clogged drains – Defrost and clean the drain ports.

ii) A cracked or split drain hose – Replace it.

iii) A cracked drain pan – Replace it.

7. When the unit doesn’t defrost or frost forms too rapidly

  • If the controls are incorrectly set, adjust to a higher temperature.
  • Test the defrost heater to see if it’s faulty. If yes, replace it.
  • The defrost limit switch may be faulty, in which case you should contact a professional.
  • If the door is sagging, level the unit to ensure the door can close by itself. Also, check the door alignments to see if the hinges need replacing.
  • Replace a faulty door gasket.
  • If the drain is clogged, defrost the freezer and clean the drain port.
  • Don’t open the door too often.

Final Verdict

That’s all for the top tips that will help you troubleshoot your fridge in case it shows any unusual behavior in its functioning. Additionally, look at your user manual for more troubleshooting tips specific to your unit.

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