How to Repair a Refrigerator

Fix the most common fridge problems yourself — and save the expense of a service call!

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Time

A full day

Complexity

Beginner

Cost

Less than $20

Introduction

Learn simple fixes for the four most common refrigerator problems: an ice maker breakdown, water leaking onto the floor, a cooling failure and too much noise.

Tools Required

  • 4-in-1 screwdriver
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Hair dryer
  • Level
  • Long brush
  • Nut driver
  • Vacuum

Fixing Common Refrigerator Problems

Chances are, you can solve a refrigerator repair yourself, save some money and avoid the expense and inconvenience of a service appointment. The following article will walk you through the simplest solutions to the most common fridge malfunctions.

Plus, check out these simple fixes for common appliance problems.

Project step-by-step (23)

Step 1

Refrigerator Repair Problem: Ice Maker on Strike

  • Instead of looking up “refrigerator service near me,” use this guide to fix your refrigerator yourself.
  • When an ice maker stops working or produces only tiny cubes—or even produces gray ice—it’s usually because the water supply is partially or completely blocked.
  • To find and fix the blockage, check out the three common trouble spots. We’ll go into more detail in the steps below.

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Step 2

Easy Fixes for an Ice Maker

  • To begin, check the water inlet tube for ice.
    • Pro tip: The tube that supplies water to your ice maker can get plugged with ice when the water pressure is low. The trickling water freezes and plugs the tube before it reaches the ice maker.
  • To remove the ice maker, take out the screws that hold the ice maker in place.
  • Unplug the wiring harness and remove the ice maker to expose the water inlet tube.
Always unplug the refrigerator before you make any repairs.

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