The Fridge no Longer Cools
When the refrigerator stops cooling, that’s annoying. Then it is important to find out the cause of the broken refrigerator as soon as possible so that your food does not spoil.
For this problem, you will find various causes and the appropriate repair tips here. Check our tips step by step so that your defective cooling device works again as quickly as possible. Also, you can get here professional repair services.
- Check that your refrigerator is on
- Check whether the power supply is interrupted. A power failure may have been the cause
- Make sure the power cord is plugged in properly
- Defrost the refrigerator if ice has formed in the interior (see care tips “Defrosting the refrigerator”)
- Check whether the refrigerator door is closed and whether the door seal is worn and no longer closes properly. If necessary, have the door seal replaced by an SG24 specialist
- If your refrigerator is located next to heat sources (stove, oven, heater, etc.) or is exposed to direct sunlight, move the refrigerator to another location or use insulating plates to protect it from heat sources
- Check whether the thermostat is set correctly and turn it up on the regulator if necessary (usually 2 – 4)
- If the thermostat sticks, it will no longer work. Defrost the refrigerator in order to release the jamming (see care tips “refrigerator”)
- Find an SG24 specialist in your area if these measures did not solve the problem. He will clarify other technical causes
The Refrigerator Light is Off
If there is no more light in the refrigerator, although the cooling unit is still running, the refrigerator lamp is broken. Replace the lamp step by step.
- Pull out the power plug or switch off the fuse
- Use a screwdriver to remove the lamp cover from the refrigerator lamp
- Unscrew the light bulb from the socket
- Reattach the lamp cover
- Connect the refrigerator to the power supply
- Contact an SG24 specialist in your area if you don’t have a lamp for your refrigerator
Water in the Fridge
If there is water mostly on the bottom and on the walls of the refrigerator, it is mostly condensation. To solve this problem, you will find the most common causes with the appropriate tips at a glance.
- Check the drainpipe on the back wall at the bottom of the refrigerator for blockages (see care tips)
- Check the door seal of your device for wear. If the rubber is porous, warm air penetrates from the outside, and condensation forms. Rubber seals and assembly are available from an SG24 specialist in your area
- Do not put hot or warm food in the refrigerator. Let them cool down beforehand so that the temperature difference is not too great
- Do not place any food, glasses, or other objects directly against the rear wall (coldest area) of the refrigerator, otherwise, the temperature difference is too great
- Never leave the door of your refrigerator open for long to prevent warm air from entering the device
The Refrigerator is Noisy
If your refrigerator is noisy, you can usually fix some of the causes yourself. You will find tips on how to resolve the possible causes. Please note that it is normal for the device to hum at regular intervals.
The compressor starts up to keep the temperature in the refrigerator constant. A “bubbling” and “gurgling” of the refrigerant and the “clicking” of the thermostat are normal noises.
- Check whether the shelves, drawers, or vegetable compartments wobble or jam and make sure that they are firmly seated
- Check whether the bottles and glasses are touching and, if necessary, move them slightly apart
- Check that your refrigerator is upright. If the device is slightly tilted, it moves and can cause glasses, cans, and other objects to collapse.
- Check the rubber seal on the refrigerator door for wear. If the rubber becomes porous, the door will no longer close properly. It gets warmer in the refrigerator and the compressor starts more often (hum) to lower the temperature again.
- Make sure there is enough space between the refrigerator and the wall and other devices so that individual parts of the refrigerator cannot hit it.
- Defrost your refrigerator regularly (see care tips). If the device is icy, the compressor starts up more often (hum).
- Find an SG24 specialist in your area if these measures have not led to success. There may be a technical defect.
Fridge Uses a Lot of Electricity
Have you noticed that your refrigerator uses a lot of electricity? So that you save unnecessary electricity costs, we have put together the most common causes for you with the corresponding tips on how to save energy. Get fridge repair by professionals.
- Open the refrigerator door as little and as briefly as possible so that as little warm air as possible can enter
- If your refrigerator is in the immediate vicinity of a heat source (stove, heater, etc.) or is exposed to the sun, change the location of the refrigerator if possible or use insulation panels to protect against heat sources
- Do not put hot food and drinks in the refrigerator, but let them cool down first
- If your device is already older, it is usually worth buying a new refrigerator, as new devices are much more energy-efficient (from energy efficiency class A +). An SG24 specialist in your area will advise you on this.
The Fridge is Too Cold
If your refrigerator is too cold and the food is already starting to freeze, there are a few things you can easily fix yourself. Here are the most common causes of a frosty refrigerator. Check the recommended tips step by step.
- If only foods that are on the back wall of your fridge are iced, move them forward a little. It’s coldest on the back wall of the refrigerator.
- Check whether the thermostat is set too high because from level 5 some models can already freeze.
- If the thermostat is set correctly and the refrigerator is still too cold, the thermostat could be stuck. To do this, defrost the refrigerator (see care tips)
- If the thermostat does not jam, contact an SG24 specialist to replace the thermostat if necessary