The Maryland Homeowner’s Guide To Refrigerator Repair

Adella Miesner

This post is sponsored and contributed by a Patch Brand Partner. The views expressed in this post are the author’s own. Keep cool and get your fridge back up and running. (Shutterstock) We in Maryland love cooking and entertaining, so a fridge that is having problems is never good. Whether […]

This post is sponsored and contributed by a Patch Brand Partner. The views expressed in this post are the author’s own.

Keep cool and get your fridge back up and running.
Keep cool and get your fridge back up and running. (Shutterstock)

We in Maryland love cooking and entertaining, so a fridge that is having problems is never good. Whether your refrigerator/freezer is running too hot or too cold, or has stopped making ice, you need a quick fix.

We know it sounds obvious, but sometimes the answer is just that! First things first: Take a few minutes to make sure your refrigerator is plugged in and that your circuit breaker wasn’t tripped. Inspect any accessible fans that may have been clogged with dirt (or a child’s toy!).

Once you’ve eliminated the obvious, you probably can’t do too much else on your own. Still, it’s best to whip out the old manual and see if there are any diagnostic tips.


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Repair Or Upgrade

The life expectancy of most refrigerators is 15 years. If your appliance is above or nearing this age, it’s probably best to go new, even if the fix is relatively small. It’s sure to be the first of many.

For specific problems on older models, like a broken water filter or ice machine, you might keep it and move it to a secondary location, like your basement or garage. Then you can buy a new one for daily use.

If your refrigerator is new, double check if you’re still under warranty before calling the repairman. It may be covered by the manufacturer, who may have specific protocol as to how to fix it.

Consider Costs

If you’ve decided to repair your model, get an estimate as to how much the repair will cost. Compare this to the cost of a new appliance, but keep in mind buying new will also involve the aggravation of removing the old one and disposing it.

You also might think about that kitchen remodel you’ve been putting off. A new refrigerator will be cheaper if it’s part of a package deal. Some home improvement contractors even offer complimentary refrigerators with a kitchen remodel.

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