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What are some tips for do-it-yourself refrigerator repair?

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To repair a refrigerator, first determine the particular issue, and then clean or replace the affected component. Common issues with refrigerators include blown off switches, tripped circuit breakers, worn out fan motors and malfunctioning door switches. Start by examining the simplest options before proceeding to the complex ones.

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If a refrigerator is not running, first check that the power cord is plugged into a working electrical outlet. If the light does not come on after opening the door, reset the circuit breaker. If the home has a fuse box, check for a blown fuse, and replace it if necessary. Check whether the refrigerator is running on a demo mode, and disable it if active.

If a refrigerator is noisy or loud, the condenser fan motor or compressor may be defective. Replace either of these parts if necessary. If the unit is making noise when the door is opened, check if there is something caught in the fan blade or if it is rubbing against anything. Correct any friction problems and remove any materials trapped in the fan blade. If the refrigerator is noisy when the ice maker is filling, replace the water inlet valve.

If a refrigerator is not making ice, make sure that the ice maker and the water supply valve are turned on. Remove any ice cubes that may be stuck in the dispenser chute or ice maker. Check if the filter is clogged and replace it if necessary.

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