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Phoenix Refrigerator Repair

Refrigerator Repair Experts Serving the Phoenix Metro Area

Your refrigerator is arguably the most important appliance in your kitchen. It keeps your food fresh and safe to eat until you are ready to eat or cook it. A refrigerator breakdown can be inconvenient and expensive, especially if it is full of food that now needs to be tossed. Having a professional on hand who can deliver prompt repairs can help minimize disruption and food spoilage. 

If you are looking for dependable Phoenix refrigerator repair at a price you can manage, look no further. At Affordable Appliance Repair, we do everything we can to make the repair process as convenient and stress-free as possible. When your refrigerator is failing to keep its contents cool, we realize that time is of the essence, which is why we provide same-day service for urgent issues and a guaranteed 3-hour service window for scheduled repairs. We also offer a one-year warranty on all of our labor, and all of our replacement parts come with a 90-day warranty.

Do not wait to call (480) 914-3381 or contact us online if you think something may be wrong with your refrigerator! Request a free over-the-phone estimate today.

Common Refrigerator Problems

There are some clear signs that your refrigerator needs professional repairs. The most obvious indicator, of course, is your refrigerator not staying cold. Your refrigerator should run between 37 and 41 degrees for optimal function. Keeping your refrigerator in this temperature range will generally ensure that your food stays safely cooled. If your unit struggles to stay in this range, however, you should get in touch with Affordable Appliance Repair right away.

Our Phoenix refrigerator repair technicians are prepared to handle many types of issues, including:

  • Insufficient cooling. A refrigerator may struggle with temperature control due to several potential issues. One common cause is a dirty condenser coil. When dust and debris accumulate on the coils, it hampers their ability to dissipate heat, leading to inadequate cooling. Another possible issue could be a faulty thermostat, which inaccurately reads the fridge's internal temperature and prevents the compressor from maintaining the desired coolness. Additionally, the problem may stem from a malfunctioning evaporator fan. If the fan is not working correctly, it won't circulate cold air efficiently through the compartments. Blocked or restricted air vents can also impede proper airflow, resulting in uneven cooling. Finally, a worn-out or damaged door seal could allow warm air to enter the refrigerator, which can significantly affect its cooling performance.
  • Unusual noises. One of the most common sources of strange noise is the evaporator fan motor, which circulates air within the fridge and freezer compartments. If this motor is faulty or its blades are obstructed, it can produce a loud humming or grinding sound. Another potential culprit is the condenser fan motor, often located near the compressor at the back of the appliance. A malfunctioning condenser fan can emit a loud racket, especially if it is clogged with dirt or debris. Additionally, the compressor itself, which is the heart of the refrigerator's cooling system, can generate noise if it is failing or experiencing high pressure. This can sound like a knocking or rattling and typically indicates a need for professional repair or replacement. Water lines and ice makers can also be noisy. For example, a clogged or kinked water line can produce a constant buzzing or vibrating noise.
  • Door or latch problems. Issues with a refrigerator door or latch can significantly impact the unit’s performance and efficiency. A common problem is a worn-out or damaged door gasket, which is the rubber seal that runs along the edge of the door. If the gasket is cracked or stiff, it won't seal properly, allowing warm air to enter and cold air to escape. This not only hampers cooling but also can cause the compressor to overwork, leading to higher energy consumption and potential breakdowns. Another issue could be a misaligned or sagging door, which is often due to loose or broken hinges. If the door does not close properly, it compromises the fridge's ability to maintain a consistent temperature. In some cases, the hinge itself may need to be replaced if it is bent or broken. The latch mechanism, if present, can also cause issues if it becomes faulty. A broken latch may prevent the door from sealing correctly, leading to the same problems associated with a damaged gasket.
  • Condenser fan or evaporator motor problems. Condenser fan and evaporator motor problems can arise from various factors, each requiring specific repairs to help keep the refrigerator operating smoothly. The condenser fan, located near the compressor, is essential for cooling the refrigerant by drawing air over the condenser coils. When the fan motor experiences issues, it is often due to dirt and debris buildup, which can obstruct the blades and strain the motor. If the motor itself burns out or the bearings wear down, the fan may produce unusual noises or stop functioning altogether. In such cases, replacing the motor is usually the best course of action. On the other hand, the evaporator motor powers the fan that circulates cold air within the refrigerator's compartments. Problems with the evaporator motor can include electrical faults, worn-out bearings, or ice accumulation. Electrical issues might arise from faulty wiring or connections, necessitating an inspection and possibly rewiring or replacing the connections. Worn bearings, identified by grinding or squealing sounds, typically require motor replacement. Ice buildup around the evaporator fan can freeze the blades, stopping the fan from turning. This issue often occurs due to defrosting system failures, which may involve a malfunctioning defrost heater, thermostat, or timer.
  • Water inlet valve problems. Water inlet valve problems in a refrigerator can lead to issues with water dispensing, ice making, and overall performance. One common cause of water inlet valve malfunctions is mineral deposits or sediment buildup, which can clog the valve or impede water flow. Over time, these deposits can restrict the valve's ability to fully open or close, leading to reduced water pressure or leaks. Another potential cause is electrical issues, such as a faulty solenoid. The solenoid controls the opening and closing of the valve based on signals from the refrigerator's control board. If the solenoid is defective, the valve may not operate correctly, resulting in either no water flow or continuous water flow.
  • Broken compressor overload relay. The overload relay is a crucial component that protects the compressor from overheating by cutting off electrical power to the motor if it draws too much current. Several factors can contribute to its failure, including electrical surges, general wear and tear, and overheating due to a failing compressor.

How Much Does Refrigerator Repair Cost?

In general, replacement parts for a refrigerator are far less costly than purchasing an entirely new unit. If you are experiencing an issue, getting an estimate is the best way to see if your refrigerator can be repaired and save you money.

At Affordable Appliance Repair, you pay nothing for us to diagnose the issue. We also offer a free service call with every Phoenix refrigerator repair. Let us walk you through what we can do for your refrigerator!

Best Practices for Taking Care of Your Refrigerator and Avoiding Problems

Taking good care of your refrigerator can extend its lifespan, improve efficiency, and prevent common issues. Pay attention to any unusual noises, inconsistent cooling, or other signs of malfunction, as addressing potential problems early on can prevent major breakdowns and costly repairs later.

Here are some of the best practices to help keep your refrigerator in top condition:

  • Clean your refrigerator regularly. Clean the interior of your refrigerator every few months. Remove all food items, shelves, and drawers, and wash the interior surfaces with warm, soapy water. Wipe down the walls and seals to remove any spilled liquids or built-up grime. Clean the exterior surfaces, including the door and handle, to keep them free from fingerprints and dirt. Use a mild detergent or a specialized stainless-steel cleaner for stainless-steel models.
  • Check and replace door seals. Inspect the door seals regularly for signs of wear and tear. A damaged seal can let warm air in, causing the refrigerator to work harder and consume more energy. If the seals are cracked or no longer form a tight seal, our team can replace them. 
  • Avoid overloading. Do not overload the refrigerator or block air vents. Proper air circulation is essential for maintaining a consistent temperature throughout the compartments. Overloading can restrict airflow and lead to uneven cooling.
  • Check and empty the drip pan. Most refrigerators have a drip pan that collects condensation. Check and empty it periodically to prevent mold and unpleasant odors. Clean the drip pan with warm, soapy water to keep it sanitary.
  • Monitor water filters. If your refrigerator has a water dispenser or ice maker, replace the water filter according to the manufacturer’s instructions, typically every six months. A clogged filter can reduce water flow and negatively impact water quality.
  • Keep the refrigerator level. Ensure the refrigerator is level to prevent doors from closing improperly and to facilitate proper drainage. Adjust the leveling legs if needed.

Our Phoenix refrigerator repair experts can also handle issues with your other kitchen appliances, including your freezer, microwave, oven, stove, and dishwasher. Contact us online or call (480) 914-3381 today!

Hear From Our Happy Customers

At Affordable Appliance Repair, your satisfaction is our priority! See for yourself what our customers have to say about working with us.

  • "Affordable Appliance Repair has been a great company to work with."

    Jason was fantastic and was honest and informative. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for repairs.

    - Casey F.
  • "Probably the best service I’ve ever had."

    The rep was able to diagnose the problem immediately and fix it. Maybe took 45 mins and I forgot he was even there. Will use again for any future issues.

    - Weston B.
  • "Called Wednesday afternoon and they had a tech out the next morning. Spencer was great!"

    He quickly diagnosed the problem and fixed it very quickly. Fast, friendly and professional service. Will definitely recommend to friends and call them for any future repairs.

    - Cynthia C.
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