Refrigerator articles

Learn how to troubleshoot cooling problems with your refrigerator, replace your refrigerator water filter, store food correctly and more with these articles and how-to videos from Sears PartsDirect. For troubleshooting guidance and step-by-step instructions for repairing your fridge, check out our refrigerator repair help section.

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Articles and videos common to all refrigerators

August 6, 2020
How to add a refrigerator air filter.

If your refrigerator doesn't smell as fresh as you'd like, learn how adding an air filter starter kit can help.

November 1, 2018
Using a wiring schematic to trace a current.

Find out what’s wrong with your appliance by following a circuit.

November 1, 2018
How to read a wiring schematic.

Learn how to decipher symbols so you can buy the right part for your problem.

October 31, 2018
How to clean your appliances after a drinking water advisory.

Find out how to clean and flush household appliances once a boil water advisory is lifted.

February 17, 2017
If you're seeing water beneath the crisper drawers in your fridge, water in the drain tube likely has frozen, forcing the overflow to the bottom of the refrigerator.

A puddle under the crisper drawers usually means ice is clogging the defrost drain tube. Here's how to unclog it.

October 13, 2016
Troubleshooting compressor problems in a refrigerator.

A compressor problem could keep your fridge from cooling. This video shows how to diagnose compressor problems.

August 2, 2016

Learn what to check if the inside of your fridge is wayyyy too warm.

January 27, 2016
How to prevent water dispenser and ice make problems.

If your refrigerator's ice maker isn't producing as much ice as it should, or water is flowing poorly from the dispenser, these tips can solve the problem.

January 27, 2016
How to purge air from a refrigerator water dispenser.

Follow the steps in this video to remove air from the water line connected to your refrigerator's water dispenser so the water dispenses smoothly.

February 23, 2015
Learn where to find the model number on a kitchen or laundry appliance.

See where you should look when trying to locate the model tag on a kitchen or laundry appliance.

January 22, 2015
How to clean stainless steel appliances.

Learn how to keep the stainless-steel appliances in your home clean and shining bright.

January 22, 2015
See how to keep a refrigerator working well.

Learn how to keep your refrigerator working well and energy efficient.

January 8, 2015
Noises from a new refrigerator.

Find out about the new refrigerator sounds you might not be aware of.

January 6, 2015
Learn how a refrigerator works.

See how the different components in your refrigerator work together to cool your food.

July 1, 2013
Refrigerator common questions.

Benefit from other people's experience by checking on these frequently asked questions about refrigerators.

Articles and videos for top-mount refrigerators

February 4, 2021
Types of GE refrigerator water filters.

See how to install the water filter on your GE or GE Profile refrigerator, no matter the filter type or refrigerator style.

January 28, 2021
Types of Frigidaire refrigerator water filters.

No matter what style Frigidaire refrigerator you own, we can help you replace the water filter.

January 22, 2021
Types of Whirlpool refrigerator water filters.

Need help replacing the water filter in your Whirlpool refrigerator? We’ll show you how it’s done.

December 16, 2020
How to replace remove-cup-filter-cover refrigerator water filters.

Replacing a refrigerator water filter is crucial for keeping the ice and water clean and fresh-tasting. If your water filter is enclosed in a cup filter cover, our video shows how to replace it.

October 27, 2020
Replacing eject-and-slide-out water filters.

Replacing a refrigerator water filter is crucial for keeping the ice and water clean and fresh-tasting. If your water filter ejects and slides out, our video shows how to replace it.

October 27, 2020
How to replace open-tray-and-twist-out refrigerator water filters.

Watch our video to see how to replace a refrigerator water filter located in a tray you open and then twist out the filter to remove it.

October 27, 2020
How to replace a refrigerator inline water filter.

An inline water filter should be replaced every 6 months. Our videos shows how to do it.

October 27, 2020
How to replace a twist-to-remove refrigerator water filter.

Watch our video to learn how to replace a water filter that you must twist to remove.

September 26, 2019
Protect your smart appliances from hackers with these steps.

Find out how to protect your smart appliances from malevolent invasions by hackers.

Articles and videos for side-by-side refrigerators

February 24, 2021
Types of Electrolux refrigerator water filters.

Replacing the water filter in your Electrolux refrigerator is easy, no matter what type of fridge you have, following the steps in our DIY videos.

February 18, 2021
Types of Fisher & Paykel refrigerator water filters.

Need help replacing the water filter on your Fisher & Paykel refrigerator? Let us show you how.

February 10, 2021
Types of Bosch refrigerator water filters.

Let us show you how to install the different types of water filters in a Bosch refrigerator.

February 4, 2021
Types of GE refrigerator water filters.

See how to install the water filter on your GE or GE Profile refrigerator, no matter the filter type or refrigerator style.

January 28, 2021
Types of Frigidaire refrigerator water filters.

No matter what style Frigidaire refrigerator you own, we can help you replace the water filter.

January 22, 2021
Types of Whirlpool refrigerator water filters.

Need help replacing the water filter in your Whirlpool refrigerator? We’ll show you how it’s done.

December 16, 2020
How to replace remove-cup-filter-cover refrigerator water filters.

Replacing a refrigerator water filter is crucial for keeping the ice and water clean and fresh-tasting. If your water filter is enclosed in a cup filter cover, our video shows how to replace it.

October 27, 2020
How to replace a push-button-to-eject refrigerator water filter.

If your refrigerator has a button you push to remove the water filter, our video shows how to replace it.

October 27, 2020
Replacing eject-and-slide-out water filters.

Replacing a refrigerator water filter is crucial for keeping the ice and water clean and fresh-tasting. If your water filter ejects and slides out, our video shows how to replace it.

October 27, 2020
Replacing pull-down water filters.

If the water filter in your refrigerator pulls down from the filter housing, our video walks you through how to replace it.

October 27, 2020
How to replace open-tray-and-twist-out refrigerator water filters.

Watch our video to see how to replace a refrigerator water filter located in a tray you open and then twist out the filter to remove it.

October 27, 2020
How to replace a refrigerator inline water filter.

An inline water filter should be replaced every 6 months. Our videos shows how to do it.

October 27, 2020
How to replace a twist-to-remove refrigerator water filter.

Watch our video to learn how to replace a water filter that you must twist to remove.

September 26, 2019
Protect your smart appliances from hackers with these steps.

Find out how to protect your smart appliances from malevolent invasions by hackers.

Articles and videos for bottom-mount refrigerators

February 24, 2021
Types of Electrolux refrigerator water filters.

Replacing the water filter in your Electrolux refrigerator is easy, no matter what type of fridge you have, following the steps in our DIY videos.

February 18, 2021
Types of Fisher & Paykel refrigerator water filters.

Need help replacing the water filter on your Fisher & Paykel refrigerator? Let us show you how.

February 10, 2021
Types of Bosch refrigerator water filters.

Let us show you how to install the different types of water filters in a Bosch refrigerator.

February 4, 2021
Types of GE refrigerator water filters.

See how to install the water filter on your GE or GE Profile refrigerator, no matter the filter type or refrigerator style.

January 28, 2021
Types of Frigidaire refrigerator water filters.

No matter what style Frigidaire refrigerator you own, we can help you replace the water filter.

January 22, 2021
Types of Whirlpool refrigerator water filters.

Need help replacing the water filter in your Whirlpool refrigerator? We’ll show you how it’s done.

November 5, 2020
How to replace a refrigerator swing-out water filter.

Learn how to replace a water filter that swings out from the filter housing.

October 27, 2020
How to replace a twist-to-remove refrigerator water filter.

Watch our video to learn how to replace a water filter that you must twist to remove.

October 27, 2020
Replacing eject-and-slide-out water filters.

Replacing a refrigerator water filter is crucial for keeping the ice and water clean and fresh-tasting. If your water filter ejects and slides out, our video shows how to replace it.

October 27, 2020
Replacing pull-down water filters.

If the water filter in your refrigerator pulls down from the filter housing, our video walks you through how to replace it.

October 27, 2020
How to replace a push-button-to-eject refrigerator water filter.

If your refrigerator has a button you push to remove the water filter, our video shows how to replace it.

October 27, 2020
How to replace open-tray-and-twist-out refrigerator water filters.

Watch our video to see how to replace a refrigerator water filter located in a tray you open and then twist out the filter to remove it.

October 27, 2020
How to replace a refrigerator inline water filter.

An inline water filter should be replaced every 6 months. Our videos shows how to do it.

September 26, 2019
Protect your smart appliances from hackers with these steps.

Find out how to protect your smart appliances from malevolent invasions by hackers.

January 27, 2016
How to align the doors on a French-door refrigerator with non-adjustable rollers.

See how to align the two doors on a French door bottom-freezer refrigerator so the tops are even. The refrigerator in this video has non-adjustable rollers on the bottom, behind the grille.

January 27, 2016
How to align the doors on a French-door refrigerator with adjustable rollers.

See how to align the two doors on a French door bottom-freezer refrigerator so the tops are even. The refrigerator model in this video has adjustable rollers on the bottom, behind the grille.

Symptoms common to all refrigerators

Choose a symptom to see related refrigerator repairs.

Main causes: water valve leaking, frozen or broken defrost drain tube, overflowing drain pan, cracked water system tubing, leaking door seal
Main causes: damaged door seal, faulty defrost sensor or bi-metal thermostat, broken defrost heater, bad defrost timer or control board
Main causes: blocked vents, defrost system problems, evaporator fan failure, dirty condenser coils, bad sensors, condenser fan not working
Main causes: jammed ice cubes, broken ice maker assembly, dirty water filter, kinked water line, bad water valve, freezer not cold enough
Main causes: leaky door gasket, defrost system failure, evaporator fan not running, dirty condenser coils, condenser fan not running
Things to do: clean condenser coils, replace the water filter, clean the interior, adjust doors to prevent air leaks, clean the drain pan
Main causes: control board or cold control failure, broken compressor start relay, compressor motor failure, defrost timer problems
Main causes: blocked air vents, compressor problems, condenser or evaporator fan not working, control system failure, sensor problems

Repair guides common to all refrigerators

These step-by-step repair guides will help you safely fix what’s broken on your refrigerator.

July 20, 2015
By Lyle Weischwill
How to clean refrigerator condenser coils

Help your refrigerator run more efficiently by cleaning the condenser coils. It's easy and takes just a few minutes.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less
July 20, 2015
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a refrigerator water valve

Replace the water valve that feeds water to the ice maker and water dispenser if it no longer controls the flow of water.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less
How to replace a refrigerator temperature control board

If the temperature in your refrigerator doesn't match the temperature you set, the problem could be the temperature control board—a service technician can give you a definite diagnosis. If the board is at fault, follow these steps to replace it yourself.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less