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.

Articles and videos common to all refrigerators

October 26, 2016
How to repair broken or damaged wires.

Learn how to repair broken, frayed or damaged wires in your appliances.

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.

October 13, 2016
Diagnosing refrigerator evaporator fan problems.

If the fan at the back of the fridge isn't blowing cold air, this video shows how to pinpoint the problem.

August 2, 2016
How to diagnose a faulty refrigerator water inlet valve.

Learn how to tell if the water inlet valve in your refrigerator is bad.

August 2, 2016

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

May 23, 2016
Diagnosing refrigerator thermistor problems.

If your refrigerator isn't cooling at the right temperature, the problem could be the thermistor. Here's how to check.

February 26, 2016
Are you abusing your appliances?

Take our quiz to see how well you treat your appliances. Then, find out what you can do to help them last longer.

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.

January 27, 2016
How to replace a drop-down tray refrigerator water filter.

Learn how to replace the water filter that's inside the refrigerator section of a bottom-freezer single-door refrigerator.

January 27, 2016
How to replace a quarter-turn refrigerator water filter.

Follow these steps to install a replacement refrigerator water filter that releases when you turn it 90 degrees.

January 18, 2016
Troubleshooting an Er If error code on a refrigerator.

Learn how to fix your refrigerator if it's displaying an Er If error code.

March 9, 2015
How to troubleshoot moisture build-up inside a refrigerator.

Try these troubleshooting tips if water condenses on your refrigerator's inside walls.

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

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

January 6, 2015
The right way to store food in a refrigerator.

We've put together some tips on how to keep the food in your refrigerator as fresh as possible.

November 28, 2014
Cool refrigerator makeover tips.

Follow the tips in this article to freshen up your refrigerator.

Articles and videos for bottom-mount refrigerators

January 27, 2016

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.

January 27, 2016

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.

Symptoms common to all refrigerators

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