Questions tagged [refrigerator]

Questions about residential mechanical refrigerators, usually used for food storage. Built-in ice-makers and water-dispensers are on topic here, although the [ice-maker] tag should be used in conjunction with this tag for the former.

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Refrigerator intermittently making loud clicks with compressor banging and shaking

Facts: 9 year old Whirlpool refrigerator has been operating quietly for 9 years. Refrigerator has two doors and is top-freezer/bottom-refrigerator configuration. About 3 months ago, it would ...
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Can I use an old refrigerator to produce water from air

I want to take apart an old bar fridge and use the components to produce potable water through condensation. My plan is to remove the condenser, evaporator and compressor from the fridge as intact ...
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Running empty refrigerator

Can I keep an older refrigerator, which is empty, running on the warmest setting for an extended period without worrying about smells? Will it save considerable energy by turning it to the warmest ...
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What threading type is my ice maker shut off valve?

In my new apartment, I moved in to find the water dispenser in the fridge is not working. I quickly diagnosed the issue by moving the fridge away from the wall and finding that there is a water line ...
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Can I plug a fridge freezer into a short extension lead?

I've done a lot of research and the general consensus is no, but this is for use cases drastically different to my own. There is a double socket in my garage that has always been used for a fridge ...
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Is it worth replace the engine of an 11 year old fridge [closed]

I have an 11 years old fridge that stopped freezing/cooling. I asked for a quote to fix it. My consideration is if it's better to fix the engine or to buy a new one. I would like to know if in an 11 ...
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Frozen coil in the fridge

I bought a second-hand fridge two months ago. The fridge was not cold enough, getting more and more ice in the freezer, and started making noise last night. I unscrewed the freezer section and found ...
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Refrigerator not cooling: told to unplug 24 hours

Our fridge hasn't been cooling for about a day. It makes no sounds at all and everything has been warming up. There is power because the internal light comes on. Our appliance guy told us to unplug ...
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How to install a new pvc line on a fridge to an existing small plastic line?

What do I need to get this going? a kit? first time installing or connecting myself. any help will be great appreciated. I have a pac lined tubing, but nothing else.
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Checking damage for a mini fridge that is plugged in without waiting

I got a new mini fridge yesterday. As it is my first fridge ever, I had no idea about the oil settling time waiting so I just plugged it in immediately. It is most probably transported in the correct ...
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Would this fridge fit in this space with required clearance?

What is the best way to determine if a fridge of certain dimension will fit into a set space? I have a inward kitchen cabinet space for a fridge which is 37" wide and 70.2" high. I figured it should ...
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smeg refrigerator not cooling

My smeg refrigerator (SIL 566 H) is not cooling. The lower freezer is frozen and filling with ice, and the upper part is warm. After disonnecting the refrigerator for a few hours to let the ice melt, ...
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Base for refrigerator wine shelf

I have a wine refrigerator that has shelves for wine bottles - image on this question. I want to use this refrigerator and its shelves as a regular refrigerator. So I need to put something on the ...
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How should I deal with an unused water line that's dripping?

For some reason an old refrigerator water line that has not been used for months started leaking. How can I fix it?
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How can I repair a leaking valve on an unused refrigerator water line?

I recently bought a fridge that doesn't have an ice maker or water dispenser. I turned off the water under my sink that goes to the fridge line, yet I still find a puddle of water in the morning when ...
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Refrigerator Sparks when it touches the water line

We bought a brand new refrigerator and connected the water line and plugged it into the wall in a GFCI outlet. When attempting to push the refrigerator back into the space against the wall, the water ...
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Freezer not cycling on

I've been thawing 30lbs of meat in the refrigerator. I discovered some of the food items in the freezer started to thaw. The temperature in the fridge before I took out the meat was 37 degrees. The ...
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How to fix a stripped metal nut hole on a refrigerator?

I have a new beautiful Samsung refrigerator. Black Stainless. The Door handle screw holes are stripped. We can only screw in the handle mounts about halfway. It seems to be aluminum or metal. Would ...
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What would cause multiple fridges motors to stop running, but leave the lights on?

When my old fridge cooling unit stopped working but the light remained on we assumed that since it was an old fridge that it was broken, so we replaced it. Today my new fridge has had the same ...
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How do I hook up a water line to the ice-maker on my old Frigidaire fridge?

I am trying to hook up the ice maker for an old Frigidaire fridge, but there is no line running out of the back. When I opened the access panel I found the water valve but unlike newer water valves ...
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Why is the water supply for my refrigerator not turning on?

I need to turn on the water supply for a new fridge that makes ice and water. I turned the valve behind the fridge to the on position but water is not coming out. I can not locate any other valve that ...
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Freezer keeps icing all over everything!

I have a bottom load freezer and no matter what setting I put it at (within reason, usually 4-7 out of 8), the whole dag'gum freezer has ice particles and stuff all over all the food, drawers, sides, ...
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Which fitting do I need to run a modern fridge's 1/4" ice maker supply line to an older supply valve with a larger flare outlet?

We bought a new fridge for our new home and the supply valve seems to have a 3/8" or 1/2" flare outlet (I'm unsure), while modern fridges appear to use a 1/4". I'm trying to figure out if I can cut ...
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2015 Samsung Refrigerator/Freezer keeps tripping circuit

I move my Samsung unit to the garage and plugged it into a receptacle. It has been there for a year with no problem. Two days ago it started tripping the circuit every couple hours. I plugged it into ...
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Add Accessible Waterline shutoff for built-in style refrigerator

I have a built in style refrigerator in my new home. There is a dedicated waterline shutoff but is located behind the refrigerator. Because this is a built in refrigerator which is non-trivial to ...
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Water dripping from freezer into fridge top shelf

My fridge has recently started dripping water into the top shelf. Have you encountered this? Any tips on how to fix it will be appreciated. Can I do it myself or do I need a specialist? It's not under ...
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Fridge started intermittently tripping GFCI after fan motor replacement

Our fridge showed symptoms of evaporator fan motor dying. The bottom of the fridge was cold but the air was not circulating in the freezer and fridge. Then the water dispenser stopped working. I was ...
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Fridge / Freezer not cooling. No sound.

Short: My fridge was cold two days ago. Now it's not cold at all. Makes no sounds. Power is on and lights on. Long: Fridge was in storage for unknown years, and filthy. Cleaned and plugged in. It ...
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Fridge works for 2 months if I unplug it for 2 hours

My fridge quits working after a couple months. The only fix seems to be unplugging it for a few hours then plugging it back in. It is not iced over. I have replaced the main control board. I have ...
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Can I build my own walk-in meat cooler?

A family member is building a brand new barn and she's amenable to my idea of makeshift-ing a 4'x4' (or so) closet that would be used primarily for meat ageing (I like to hunt) but also pickling and ...
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Diagnosing Refridgerator Condensate Draining process

SYMPTOM Renter reports water on the floor from fridge. It seems silly to buy a new fridge if the only issue is the condensate processing is needs correction, however, this is the second incident on ...
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Where is my fridge leaking from?

I have a Whirlpool Gold fridge, model GI6FARXXB06. It's a French door design, with the freezer on bottom, as a drawer. It has an ice maker, and water / ice through the door. For the last several ...
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Missing Refrigerator water line valve

Moved into a 1960s home recently, and had a fridge deliverd. The Lowe's delivery guys were perplexed, but spent about 15 minutes looking for a valve to turn the water on for the fridge, but were ...
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What parts are needed to add a shutoff valve to 1/4" refrigerator water supply?

Background: We recently had to replace our refrigerator. During installation, we discovered two problems - first, there was no shutoff valve to the water line that fed into the fridge; second, there ...
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Why is there whitish gunk in my fridge water even after changing the filter

Why is there white filaments like in the water coming out of our fridge? We have changed the water filter 2 weeks ago, still no improvement.
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Is it ok to turn off the fridge for a few hours for defrosting?

I havent been able to locate a seperate off switch for the freezer compartment, I dont think there is one. So the only solution would be to turn off the whole freezer+fridge combination. Would it be ...
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How to replace refrigerator paneling with stainless?

I have wood paneling on the refrigerator (it was there when I moved in). I'd like a stainless steel frig. There is nothing wrong with the current frig. Is it worth replacing the wood paneling ...
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min temperature to store an unused refrigerator

I have a brand new fridge that I am currently storing in my garage as we are going to sell our house/move. Is there any danger for the fridge to be stored in an environment where temperature can go ...
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Reasons for fridge light to go out other than bulb

I have a GE fridge that looks 10-15 years old. Recently, the light went out and I thought it was the bulb so I tried to replace it but it wasn't it. The fridge works fine other than that. What ...
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Refrigerator freezes contents, even when set to warmest setting

Our refrigerator, an Amana/Whirlpool ABB1921DEW5, works very well -- rather too well, even, as the contents of the refrigerator are freezing, even with the refrigerator thermostat on its warmest ...
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Where can I find a 90-degree elbow to connect to my ice maker water line? [closed]

I currently have an ice maker box in my kitchen that is connected to a 1/4" compression fitting to a braided stainless steel tube that goes to my refrigerator. The problem is that this ice maker box ...
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Could power fluctuations have killed my refrigerator?

Bought a house (built in 1937) recently. When the clothes washer runs (particularly, when it agitates), lights in the house flicker. I've read in numerous places online that this is possibly due to ...
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What to look at first when when circuit breaker that fridge is on is tripping?

I have a house where the circuit breaker has tripped a few time over the last several days. It flipped one evening, we flipped it back and was ok for a couple days. We went away for the weekend and ...
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Why isn't my refrigerator getting cold?

My compact fridge doesn't get cold, the motor is still running. Ice built up in the freezer part. I defrosted it, and hit it with a hammer to remove the ice. Then I hit something , some kind of smoke ...
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Why would the magnetic switch on my refrigerator door trip when the freezer door opens instead?

This is pretty strange: a few months ago I moved into a new apartment with a Fisher & Paykel refrigerator (freezer on top). It's a fairly basic unit, and until today it worked OK. This morning I ...
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Why isn't my mini fridge staying cold?

My mini fridge has full power, but I come home after a couple of days to find that the compressor has shut off and everything has defrosted and the fridge isn't cold anymore. I can turn the knob and ...
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How can I straighten bent refrigerator radiator fins?

I'm a little worried about the reduction in airflow... should I be? And if so, how should I straighten the fins?
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What's the best lubricant for a refrigerator water dispenser switch?

The water dispenser on my refrigerator sticks when you press it in. Sometimes it pops right out, and sometimes it stays in for 10-15 seconds. I've taken it apart a couple of times, cleaned it out, and ...
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I need help fixing a chest freezer

I have a GE chest freezer FCM11PHBWW. It simply stopped working after having been moved to a new house. It was not dropped or not turned on end. It was simple moved. It was then plugged into a ...
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How to fix acidic smell from fridge/freezer?

Started to smell a bad acidic smell coming from the bottom of my fridge. This is the model: https://mcappliance.com/brands/magic-chef/4-5-cu-ft-compact-refrigerator-665679004973.html Tried the ...

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