DIY fixes that could save you money

Lesotho Times - - Property -

IT’S frus­trat­ing when a ma­jor ap­pli­ance stops work­ing prop­erly. When your ap­pli­ance breaks down, your biggest con­cerns are how long you’ll go with­out said ap­pli­ance and how much it will cost to re­pair. Or, will you just have to re­place it?

When that ap­pli­ance is your re­frig­er­a­tor, you can’t af­ford to be with­out it for too long. And re­plac­ing it will be no small fee, as a de­cent re­frig­er­a­tor can be quite pricey.

Be­fore you call a re­frig­er­a­tor re­pair spe­cial­ist, find out whether or not their ser­vices will be nec­es­sary.

Teljoy shares a few things you can do be­fore call­ing in a spe­cial­ist…

1. Check the power sup­ply It may sound ridicu­lous, but check to make sure that your re­frig­er­a­tor is plugged in and if it is plugged in prop­erly.

If you have chil­dren or pets, or if your re­frig­er­a­tor sits in a high traf­fic area, there is al­ways the pos­si­bil­ity that the elec­tri­cal cord may have come loose from its wall con­nec­tion.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the wall socket is not the only place where the elec­tri­cal sup­ply can be in­ter­rupted.

If your re­frig­er­a­tor is not cool­ing and the light is not even com­ing on when the door opens, check your DB board.

A power surge or storm can cause it to trip, so try flipping your plug switch to re­set it.

2. Check the tem­per­a­ture dial It may sound sim­ple, but if you live with other peo­ple, there is al­ways the chance that some­one changed the tem­per­a­ture set­ting in the fridge.

There is a small dial just inside of the re­frig­er­a­tor that con­trols the set­tings. Check it to see if it is set prop­erly.

3. Check the seals If you see a pud­dle of water col­lect­ing around the fridge, make sure that the door shuts prop­erly and that the seals are all in good shape.

If your re­frig­er­a­tor is not prop­erly sealed, warm air can get in, caus­ing con­den­sa­tion and melt­ing the ice. Watch how to re­place re­frig­er­a­tor seals…

4. Does it need to be cleaned? If dust and de­bris are col­lect­ing un­der your re­frig­er­a­tor where the con­denser coils are, this could be ham­per­ing it from work­ing prop­erly.

Be­fore you call a re­pair­man, give your re­frig­er­a­tor a good clean­ing to see if that will im­prove its abil­ity to func­tion.

5. Is your re­frig­er­a­tor too full? Keep­ing a freezer full will help it func­tion more ef­fi­ciently. The same, how­ever, does not hold true for your re­frig­er­a­tor. Keep­ing it too full will pre­vent proper air cir­cu­la­tion.

If your food is not stay­ing cool enough in the re­frig­er­a­tor, try re­mov­ing a few items to see if that helps.

Ap­pli­ance re­pair can be ex­pen­sive. Be­fore you call a re­frig­er­a­tor re­pair spe­cial­ist, try a few com­mon sense ac­tions to see if a re­pair spe­cial­ist’s ser­vices are even re­quired.

You could save your­self a lot of trou­ble in time lost and money spent. If you still can’t get it to work then rather call pro­fes­sion­als to have it taken care of in a safe and pro­fes­sional man­ner.

Be­fore you call a re­frig­er­a­tor re­pair spe­cial­ist, try a few com­mon sense ac­tions.

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