How to Troubleshoot Frigidaire Refrigerator Problems

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How to Troubleshoot Frigidaire Refrigerator Problems
Your refrigerator will likely have problems at some point. (eggs and milk image by Jeffrey Zalesny from

Frigidaire has been a respected name in refrigerators since 1916. While frigidaire refrigerators are known for their reliability, that doesn't mean you'll never have problems. Refrigerators are commonly plagued by all sorts of issues, from being too warm or too cool to worst-case scenarios where the appliance won't even turn on. If you can troubleshoot some of the more common frigidaire issues at home, you can save money on pricey service calls.

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Things you need

  • Screwdriver
  • Condenser coil cleaner brush, if necessary
  • Replacement light bulb, if necessary

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  1. 1

    Examine the plug and circuit breaker if the refrigerator does not operate. Turn the temperature control to "0." Plug the cord tightly into the outlet. Reset the circuit breaker if necessary. Wait 20 minutes in case the refrigerator is in a defrost cycle. Call for service if none of these solve your problem.

  2. 2

    Set the freezer or refrigerator temperature control to a warmer setting if the freezer or refrigerator temperature is too cold. Wait 24 hours for the temperature to decrease. Check to see if the temperature is satisfactory.

  3. 3

    Inspect the cooling coil if the refrigerator does not cool down. Unscrew the back panel of the freezer compartment and locate the coils. If they have extensive amounts of frost build-up, remove all food from the freezer and refrigerator and allow the refrigerator to defrost. Frost build-up is preventing air circulation, which prevents the refrigerator from cooling. Call a professional for service if this happens again as the defrost timer or thermostat may be faulty.

  4. 4

    Listen to see if the evaporator fan is running if the refrigerator does not cool. If it is squeaking or running very slowly, it is not properly circulating air through your refrigerator. Call for service to replace or fix the fan.

  5. 5

    Look at the condenser and fan on the back of the unit if the unit does not cool. Clean the condenser using a condenser coil brush to remove any dirt or debris. If the condenser is running slow or not running, call a professional to diagnose the specific condenser problem.

  6. 6

    Place the refrigerator on a level surface if it is noisy or vibrates. Move it away from walls or other obstructions. Use pieces of wood to prop up one end of the refrigerator if the refrigerator is not level.

  7. 7

    Replace the light bulb inside the cabinet if the light does not turn on. Check to make sure the refrigerator is tightly plugged in. Push the light switch on the refrigerator control box.

  8. 8

    Push down the wire signal arm if the ice maker does not work. It should not be in the "Up" position. Turn on the water supply, increase the water supply and turn down the freezer's temperature. Wait 24 hours to see if the refrigerator begins to produce ice.

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