Category Archives: Refrigerator Repair and Parts

Fixing a Noisy Refrigerator

Fixing a Noisy Refrigerator

The evaporator fan and motor and the evaporator coils are exposed once the plastic panel inside the freezer portion of a top-freezer refrigerator is removed.

A refrigerator that is noisy or loud could be caused by a problem with the one or more parts. Here’s how to troubleshoot.

GE Evaporator Fan Blade Part Number: WR60X10208 Evaporator Fan Blade for refrigerators.

Condensor or Evaporator Fan Blade

A buzzing sound could be cause by a fan blade hitting ice or another object when in operation. Both the evaporator fan – located in the freezer portion of the refrigerator and the condenser fan – located underneath or behind the refrigerator – have blades, so listen for where the sound is emanating from in order to trouble shoot it.

If the sound is emanating from the freezer and the evaporator fan, it might be due to Continue reading

Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working – Unfreezing a Refrigerator Water Line

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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How to Remove a Broken Appliance Light Bulb Stuck in a Socket

How to Remove a Broken Appliance Light Bulb Stuck in a SocketRemove 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 Kitchen Appliances Senior-Friendly For Aging in Place

Making Kitchen Appliances Senior-Friendly For Aging in PlaceMaking 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.

Microwaves

  • 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.

Refrigerators

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.

Appliance Shopping

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.

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