Let’s diagnose a common refrigerator problem that you can most likely repair by yourself. Has your refrigerator stopped getting cold even though it’s plugged in, has power, and the lights are on inside? If so, your condenser may have overheated from the fan being so dirty that it can’t properly cool anymore. We’ll show you how to clean a refrigerator condenser fan in the handy video below.
Diagnose This Refrigerator Problem
The condenser fan may be dirty and clogged in your refrigerator if:
- The refrigerator is plugged in
- The fridge’s power is on
- The lights come on in the refrigerator
- The refrigerator is not cold
- The fridge is getting warmer inside
- The frozen foods are starting to melt
- You can’t hear the cooler (compressor) kick on for the refrigerator
- The refrigerator looks normal but is not making any sound
How to Repair Your Refrigerator by Cleaning the Condenser Fan
Before calling the refrigerator repair man, watch the short DIY (do it yourself) repair video below that shows how to clean a refrigerator condenser fan.
This refrigerator breakdown happened in my house last night. Luckily, my husband was able to diagnose the problem and repair it by cleaning off the condenser fan right away.
Keep in mind when you watch the video that your refrigerator will probably be WAY more black and dirty inside than the one in the video (mine was). Our cleaning project took about 30 minutes and the filth was very built up, so have a bandana ready to cover your nose and mouth and expect to get dirty.
Being able to handle this refrigerator repair yourself will save you a lot of money by not having to hire a repair person. This frugal home DIY refrigerator repair project is a must-know!
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