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Fast Troubleshooting List

Refrigerator starts and stops frequently

1. Clean the condenser coils

2. Check the outlet voltage

3. Check the condenser fan

4. Check the compressor relay

5. Check the overload protector

6. Check the compressor motor

Refrigerator does not run and the light does not work

1. Make sure the refrigerator is plugged in securely

2. Check for a blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker

3. Check the power outlet for current

4. Check the electrical cord for damage

Refrigerator does not run but the light works

1. Check the temperature setting

2. Make certain there is a three inch space off the wall from the refrigerator back and sides to allow for air flow

3. Check the condenser coils

4. Unplug the refrigerator, wait 3 hours and plug it in. If you hear it running, a problem is causing the compressor to overheat

5. Check the temperature setting

6. Check the evaporator fan

7. Check the defrost timer

8. Check the compressor relay

9. Check the overload protector

10. Check the compressor motor

Refrigerator light does not work

1. Replace bulb

2. Check the door switch

Refrigerator or freezer is not cold enough

1. Check the temperature setting

2. Check that there is enough air flow in the refrigerator and freezer

3. Check for air flow restrictions in vents

4. Check the temperature setting

5. Check the condenser coils

6. Check the door seals

7. Check the door switch

8. Check defrost heater

9. Check defrost timer

10. Check evaporator fan

11. Check for a clogged drain tube

12. Check for refrigerant leak

Refrigerator or freezer is too cold

1. Check the temperature setting

2. Check the temperature setting

Refrigerator is noisy or makes strange sounds

(Hissing and popping is normal on frost free refrigerators)

1. Check that the refrigerator is level

2. Check the drain pan

3. Check the condenser fan

4. Check the evaporator fan

Refrigerator runs continuously

1. Defrost the freezer

2. Clean the condenser coils

3. Check the door seals

4. Check the door switch

If you adjust the temperature, load the refrigerator heavy or in humid location, it is common for a refrigerator to run for 24 hours or more before getting to the set temperature.

Freezer does not defrost automatically

1. Check the defrost timer

2. Check the defrost heater

3. Check the defrost thermostat

Refrigerator has an unpleasant odor

1. Remove old food

2. Clean refrigerator

3. Clean the door seals

Water on floor

1. Check the drain pan

2. If you have an ice-maker, check the water hose

Water inside the refrigerator

1. Clean the drain tube

If you have an ice-maker, check refrigerator and ice-maker for level placement