When water is not dispensing through the refrigerator door, the water line might be frozen. This is a very common problem that occurs in side-by-side refrigerators. Here’s how to troubleshoot this problem and how to get your water flowing once again.
Before attempting any fixes, make sure the water supply is not shut off, either to the house or the refrigerator.
Check to see if the ice maker is making ice. If ice is being made, chances are water is still flowing into the refrigerator and the problem lies with the water line to the dispenser.
Items to have on hand before attempting this repair:
- Towel and small bucket
- Help from another person
- Hair dryer or heat gun
- Syringe with tubing attachment and hot water.
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Remove a broken appliance bulb from the socket even when the glass breaks by using this simple method.
First, cut power to the appliance to avoid the risk of electric shock by turning power off at the breaker.
Be sure to wear gloves when trying to remove a broken bulb. If the broken bulb is in the refrigerator, clear out a space and place paper or a small box down to catch any shards. The same goes for the oven, make the job easier by removing the racks and laying down paper or a box to catch any small shards.
Remove the bulb using a pier of pliers. Insert the pliers into the bulb and grab by the filament and twist counter clockwise.
If the filament breaks, then insert the end of the pliers into the broken base of the light bulb and open the ends wide till each tip is touching an opposite side of the base. Turn counter clockwise to remove the broken light bulb base.
Find a replacement refrigerator light bulb or oven light bulb at http://www.EveryAppliancePart.com.
Making your kitchen senior-friendly does not always require a costly kitchen remodel, or even buying new appliances, it can simply mean repositioning or adding accessories to appliances already there. Here are some tips from https://www.seniorhomes.com, shared by Accessible Construction, Inc. that we thought were especially helpful.
- Choose a counter-top microwave, versus one over-the-range for easier handling of food.
- Clear counter space right next to the microwave so hot food can be easily moved from the microwave to the counter.
Stoves and Ranges
Add an automatic shut-off device or stove monitoring device to the range or stove. This device can prevent accidental fires by turning off the stove burner or oven when it senses that it’s been left unattended. Most of these devices are made for electric ranges only. Some of these devices can be as easy to install as adding a sensor to the front of the stove.
The article suggests choosing a side-by-side refrigerator model to make it easier for someone in a wheelchair to access both the fresh food compartment and freezer.
If you are planning on purchasing more senior-friendly appliances, the article suggests choosing a range with a hot indicator light to warn against touching a hot burner.
Induction ranges are another appropriate choice for the elderly as they use electromagnetism to generate heat, instead of an open flame or coil. Induction also does not heat the surrounding cooking area, making it a safer choice.
If purchasing a new microwave, stay away from over-the-range models to avoid lifting as an older person might not have the upper body strength or mobility to raise and lower items.
Choose a refrigerator with good inside lighting and storage on the door which makes it easier to find items. Lighted in-door water and ice dispensers are also helpful. Again, a side-side refrigerator with a long and easy-to-grasp handle is a good choice.
Get more advice from SeniorHomes.com about choosing senior-friendly kitchen appliances.
If your ice will not dispense from your indoor refrigerator ice and water dispenser, there may be a problem with the ice dispenser auger motor.
WARNING! Before attempting to work on any appliance, make sure that all power (electricity) and utilities (water and gas) have been turned off and/or disconnected on the appliance. Read this before you start any repair.
To access this part, open the refrigerator door to locate the ice bin assembly and then open the door to the ice bin assembly.
There is a notch in the assembly which allows access to a button underneath the ice bin assembly. Push the button to release the entire assembly and Continue reading
You may not think much about the crisper or veggie drawers in your refrigerator, but they do serve a purpose – they control humidity and keep your produce from drying out.
The website “The Takeout,” spoke to representatives at Whirlpool and Samsung for the article about how crisper drawers keep your produce fresh.
“In the regular shelves of your fridge, humidity diffuses into the air or gets sucked into a fan,” according to an article on The Takeout.
In a crisper drawer, that humidity is contained, to keep your leafy greens and thin-skinned produce fresher for a longer period of time.
How to use the Crisper Drawer Humidity Dial Settings
Some models of refrigerators come with crisper drawers with humidity dial settings. The dial controls how Continue reading
A refrigerator that is constantly running is not only annoying; it might indicate a problem with your appliance. Here are some easy, do-it-yourself tips, as well as some more involved repairs, in order to avoid a refrigerator breakdown.
Warning! Before attempting to work on any appliance, make sure that all power (electricity) and utilities (water and gas) have been turned off and/or disconnected on the appliance. Learn more about Appliance Repair Safety.
Dirty condesnor coils could be the reason why your refrigerator is always running.
Dirty Condensor Coils
Dirty condensor coils could be causing your refrigerator to run constantly. The compressors pumps refrigerant through two different sets of coils – the condensor coils located on the outside of the machine and the evaporator coils, located inside the freezer compartment. Over time, Continue reading
Here’s some helpful appliance-related tips we are seeing from around the web.
Prevent Dishwasher Problems – Clean Your Filter!
Is your dishwasher not cleaning as well as it once did? Before you call an appliance service tech, try cleaning the dishwasher filter first. Check out this dirty filter from JASCO Service Techs in Philadelphia.
That is a lot of buildup on a dishwasher filter! Be sure to regularly clean your dishwasher filter to avoid any problems. If your dishwasher filter is missing or cracked, you can replace it with a new one from our website.
Cleaning your filter will not only help your appliance to do its job, it can also prevent any bad dishwasher smells too.
Be sure to check, clean and change the filters on all your appliances such as your AC filter, water filter in the refrigerator, the range vent hood filter and the over the range microwave filter.
Helpful Tips on How to Move a Refrigerator
Moving house can seem overwhelming, especially when you are moving appliances. Here’s a helpful step-by-step guide on how to move a refrigerator from The Spruce. It has some helpful reminders like allowing enough time for the refrigerator to Continue reading