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

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.

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.

January 27, 2016
How to replace a push-button refrigerator water filter.

See how to replace a refrigerator water filter that releases when you push a button next to the end of the filter.

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 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 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.

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
See how to keep a refrigerator working well.

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

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 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

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

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

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: leaky door gasket, defrost system failure, evaporator fan not running, dirty condenser coils, condenser fan not running
Main causes: blocked air vents, compressor problems, condenser or evaporator fan not working, control system failure, sensor problems
Main causes: water valve leaking, frozen or broken defrost drain tube, overflowing drain pan, cracked water system tubing, leaking door seal
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: 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: control board or cold control failure, broken compressor start relay, compressor motor failure, defrost timer problems

Repair guides common to all refrigerators

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

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
July 20, 2015
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a refrigerator door gasket

The door gasket seals the gap around the door to keep the cold air in and the warm air out. It’s easy to replace a worn or torn gasket.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less