3 ways to repair your fridge like a pro

July 28, 2015

Your fridge works hard so a bit of wear is expected. Before you turn to a professional for help, here are some repairs you can do yourself. Save your money, and your fridge.

3 ways to repair your fridge like a pro

1. Fix a sagging door

  • If you find yourself with a level refrigerator but the door still sags, it's easy to fix.
  • First remove the hinge cover, if any, from the hinge at the top of the door.
  • Use a nut driver or screwdriver to loosen the hinge screws. (If the unit has a separate freezer door, you may have to open or remove the top door to adjust the lower one.)
  • Reposition the door, and hold it firmly in place while you tighten the hinge screws.

2. Fix a warped door

  • If your refrigerator door isn't sealing because it is warped, you usually don't need a new door.
  • Here's the easy fix that works most of the time:
  • First empty the door compartments.
  • Then pull back the door gasket so you can loosen all the retaining screws. (On some models you'll have to remove the gasket to get at the screws.)
  • Grab the outer door panel at the top and side, and twist it opposite the warp to flatten the door.
  • Have a helper tighten the retainer screws while you hold the door in this position.

3. Fix leaks

  • Are there mysterious puddles of water inside your refrigerator? It almost certainly has a clogged drain tube.
  • Here's what's going on: When air in the freezer compartment is cooled by the condenser, it gives up water.
  • This water drains through a tube that runs down the back of the fridge, where it drips into a pan under the unit and evaporates.
  • Sometimes the drain gets clogged — usually with algae spores — and this causes the water to back up and drip into the refrigerator compartment.
  • Here's what to do about it:
    1. Pull the refrigerator away from the wall. You'll find the tube stuck into a hole in the back of the unit, sometimes secured with a clip.

    2. Remove the tube, take it over to the sink, and flush it out with a bulb baster. Using a small funnel, pour five millilitres (one teaspoon) of ammonia or bleach (use one or the other, but never mix ammonia and bleach) into the tube to inhibit algae-spore growth.

    3. Replace the tube, making sure the bottom end is resting in the drain pan.

The material on this website is provided for entertainment, informational and educational purposes only and should never act as a substitute to the advice of an applicable professional. Use of this website is subject to our terms of use and privacy policy.
Close menu