Despite good maintenance, your refrigerator makes strange noises, its walls are sometimes hot or it frosts a little too much for your taste… in short, your tender fridge seems to show signs of fatigue?
Do not panic, we explain how to get out with method and tips!
A fridge that makes noise: clack, gurgling, purring and other sounds
Between the operation of the engine, the fan, and the movements of the refrigerants, it is normal that your refrigerator is not completely silent. Crunches, gurgles, or purrs: don’t worry about the slightest sound, it shows that it works!
If your fridge makes noises that really bother you and you want to limit them, in this case try not to unnecessarily stress the motor by avoiding to multiply the door openings, by checking that the grill on the back of the appliance is well ventilated and not covered with dust, and the door seal is airtight (test the seal by placing a sheet of paper in the closed door. If it resists when you pull it, it means that the door is airtight.
It is also important that the device is installed stable and flat on the floor. If the fridge-freezer swings when you press it, then rebalance it by adjusting the height of its feet.
That said, while all working refrigerators make noise, some perform better than others in terms of sound insulation. If your fridge is placed in the same room as your bed, carefully compare the decibels of the different products to choose the quietest fridge.
A leaking fridge is not cool
Is there a leak in your fridge or is it just condensation? Here’s how to find out.
If you observe drops of water on the inside wall of the fridge, don’t worry it’s completely normal. When the engine of the device turns, it transforms these drops of water into small frost pearls and when it pauses, the drops of water naturally drain through the defrost hole located at the bottom of the tank.
This condensation phenomenon inside the device is accentuated when the weather is hot and humid or on the contrary very cold (do not install your device in a room where it is less than 10 ° C!), If you open the doors frequently, if you store products rich in water or hot dishes (do not do !!), and if you have set the thermostat to very cold temperature.
On the other hand :
If water leaks out of the fridge, it probably comes from the water collecting tank located at the back of the appliance:
- Check that it is not dirty or full. To do this, switch off the appliance, empty the defrost pan and clean it before replacing it and reconnecting the appliance.
- Also, check that the appliance is completely flat by placing a level on it. If your fridge tilts too far to one side, it can cause the water collector to overflow.
If you find water inside your refrigerator compartment, near the vegetable drawer, for example, it is probably because your water drainage system is full or blocked.
In this case, unplug the fridge, and clean the drain hole located inside the bottom of the tank in the fridge compartment with:
- The small plastic utensil provided for this purpose and which manufacturers generally deliver with the refrigerator
- Or by introducing a flexible wire or a fine straw in the evacuation pipe to unclog it
- Or by pouring a little hot water into the pipe to clean it. With the latter technique, expect water to come out from the back of the unit, so provide a mop or container to collect water that may overflow from the drain pan.
Important tip: For good drainage of water inside the fridge, do not stick your food against the back wall.
My fridge is freezing or freezing food: how do I adjust its temperature?
If you find frozen food while it is placed in the refrigerator compartment, make sure that it is not in contact with the back wall which could freeze it. And if not, try to set the temperature a little softer. If you still get sufficient temperature in the device (see below), there is no reason to force the engine to run at full speed.
How do I adjust the temperature in my fridge?
- This will depend on the type of cold in your fridge freezer.
To avoid food risks, the temperature of your fridge should always be below 4 ° in its coldest area. An indicator placed on the tank allows you to verify that the temperature is OK. If this indicator malfunctions, place a thermometer in a glass of water at the coldest point of the fridge (above the vegetable drawer if the freezer is placed at the bottom of the appliance or under the freezer if it is placed at the top of the device). Wait several hours without opening the fridge door before reading the result (about 8 hours so the ideal is to place the thermometer before going to bed or going to work).
Note that in a static cold refrigerator, the temperature varies by area. It can reach 7 to 8 ° C in the door for example. On the other hand, in a fridge equipped with a ventilated cold, the temperature will be uniform everywhere.
In the freezer, the temperature should always be below -18 ° C to keep the food frozen.
My fridge is full of frost: how to stop it?
If your refrigerator does not have a ventilated cold with automatic defrost, then it is normal to defrost it from time to time. This is all the more important as the frost that surrounds the cooling circuit acts as an insulator. It’s the igloo effect! So for your device to work properly, do not allow the frost to exceed 3 mm in thickness, otherwise, it may be unnecessarily overconsumed.
However, if the frost always returns at high speed then there are things to change:
- Fridges are sensitive to the temperature of the room in which they are located, and each is adapted to a well-defined temperature range. It’s called the climate class of the device. If you have installed the fridge in direct sunlight or in a room where the temperature is outside its operating limits then this can explain excessive frost formation. It can also be affected if you placed it right next to the oven or radiator.
Here are the tolerance temperatures for each climate class:
- SN: temperate extended from 10 to 32 ° C
- N: temperate from 16 to 32 ° C
- ST: semi-tropical from 18 to 38 ° C
- T: tropical from 18 to 43 ° C
- SN-T: tropical extended from 10 to 43 ° C
- N-T: temperate to tropical from 16 to 43 ° C
- SN-ST: subtropical enlarged from 10 to 38 ° C
- N-ST: temperate to subtropical from 15 to 38 ° C
- Your fridge is too full. If this is a chronic situation, then you should change your fridge to choose a larger one that will be adequate for your storage needs.
What volume of the fridge to choose (in liters) depending on the number of people in the household:
- 100 to 150 liters for a single person
- Between 150 and 250 liters for 2 to 3 people
- More than 300 liters from 4 people.
- The door seal is no longer airtight and lets the heat of the room into the fridge. You can take the paper sheet test. If the seal cannot hold a sheet of paper when the door is closed, then it is no longer performing. Start by cleaning the joint and re-inflating the deformed parts with a hair dryer. If the problem persists then it will be necessary to change the seal.
- Check that the door or the hinge are not damaged and close properly.
- Make sure the light goes out when the fridge door is closed. For that a tip: place a smartphone in the fridge in video mode, just long enough to close the door. Reopen and see if we see anything in the film!
If the frost problem persists, it may be due to the failure of a part of the system (motor, sensor, etc.). In this case, contact a repairer to resolve the problem or change the fridge (try to choose a No Frost fridge so that you never have to defrost anything again!)
My fridge-freezer is no longer working: it is no longer cold! its walls are hot!
First of all, you can check other troubleshooting tips here if the ice maker or ice dispenser stops working. You need to know that it is normal for your fridge to work more or less depending on the time. The motor alternates the cooling phases, where it runs, and the pause phases where it stops (and this is how it defrosts the refrigerator space). As a result, the temperature inside is not perfectly constant and undergoes slight variations.
In addition, when it is very hot in summer, or when you have put a lot of food in the fridge that have raised its temperature, the compressor must make more effort to cool the interior and it starts to run at full speed. So do not be surprised: this energy that it must deploy makes it paradoxically produce a lot of heat that you feel if you put your hand on the device: it is hot !!
Afterwards, if you notice that your fridge is no longer cold at all, you are right to worry! Start by checking the basics (don’t underestimate them, they are also the most likely)
- Check the electrical outlet and the circuit breaker
- Make sure the temperature setting is correct, and that it has not been accidentally lowered. If this is not it, then we will have to understand where the problem comes from to solve it:
- Check that the porte and the seal close perfectly hermetically (see above the test of the sheet of paper on which the door is closed)
- Clean the grate at the back of the appliance (the condenser) because if it is covered with dust, it disturbs the production of cold by preventing the heat from dissipating properly.
- Also check that there is sufficient air circulation around and at the rear of the device. If the refrigerator is placed in an inappropriate niche and it is poorly ventilated then its performance will be affected. Do not put a freestanding fridge in a niche provided for a built-in for example! You should know that the refrigerator must dissipate the heat it produces, and the air must therefore circulate around it so that it can cool properly.
Read the article: The minimum space to leave between the wall and the appliance so that the refrigerator can ventilate and cool well
- If your device is covered with frost, then the cold can no longer diffuse properly. If this is your case, it is more than urgent to defrost it!
- Check that the temperature of the room where the device is located does not exceed the limits defined in its climate class and that it is not exposed to direct sunlight
If the problem persists, a repairer must be called who will check the refrigerant circuit and replace the faulty thermostat if necessary. Afterward, if the repairs are too expensive, you may prefer to equip yourself with a brand new, more efficient fridge-freezer.
What to do if a fridge smells bad?
If your fridge smells and you no longer dare to open its door, hold on, we will give you practical solutions to remedy it:
- Find the culprit: If it’s a particular food that smells bad, put it in an airtight plastic box.
- Clean the fridge: To clean the tub and the shelves of your fridge-freezer, turn it off, empty it, and wash it with a little white vinegar diluted in water. You can use a toothbrush to access hard-to-reach corners with a sponge. Remember to thoroughly clean the channel and the defrost water drain hole at the bottom of the back wall, as dirt can stagnate there, risking clogging the drain, and producing a bad odor. Dry with a clean cloth before putting your food back inside.
- Check the defrost pan on the back of the unit: it is located above the engine, at the bottom rear of the unit, and is used to collect water from the defrost. The water evaporates thanks to the heat produced by the engine, but check that there is no dirt left which could give off bad odors.
- Grandma’s tips: If you are a fan of camembert, well pack the foods that generate odors and neutralize stubborn smells by putting in a cup of lemon juice, coffee grounds, baking soda, vinegar, or activated carbon depending on what you have on hand! Some refrigerators are even equipped with an anti-odor filter based on activated carbon and it is enough to regenerate it in the sun to re-boost its action against bad odors.
- More annoying: Be aware that a technical problem can also produce an unpleasant smell of ammonia or burnt. In this case, a repairer must be called in to resolve the fault.
In any case, if a problem persists, contact the after-sales service indicating the product reference indicated on your invoice, on the instructions for the appliance, or on the rating plate located inside the refrigerator.
And if despite all that, you have not managed to get your fridge back on its feet, is it maybe it is time to change it?