Refrigerator repair guides
These easy-to-follow repair guides and videos help you complete refrigerator repairs, including replacing the ice maker, installing a new evaporator fan and replacing the defrost heater. These guides cover major refrigerator brands such as Kenmore, Samsung Whirlpool and GE. The DIY repair help section's symptoms and error code charts provide troubleshooting tips and expert advice for fixing common refrigerator failures. Search your model number to find a complete list of parts for your fridge and order the part you need.
These step-by-step repair guides will help you safely fix what’s broken on your refrigerator.
Help your refrigerator run more efficiently by cleaning the condenser coils. It's easy and takes just a few minutes.
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.
Replace the water valve that feeds water to the ice maker and water dispenser if it no longer controls the flow of water.
The defrost bi-metal thermostat is a safety device attached to the evaporator coil. The defrost bi-metal thermostat shuts off the refrigerator defrost heater if the heater gets hot enough to damage the evaporator.
The thermistor monitors the temperature inside the refrigerator compartment. Replace the thermistor if it isn't detecting temperature accurately.
The refrigerator defrost heater melts frost from the freezer’s evaporator fins. Replace the defrost heater if it doesn't heat when activated.
The water inlet valve controls water flow to the ice maker. Replace the water valve if it doesn't open or shut properly.
The run capacitor sends electric current to start the compressor motor. Replace the run capacitor if it's defective.
This helpful refrigerator repair guide explains how to replace the temperature control thermostat in a refrigerator.
The condenser fan is in the machine compartment of the refrigerator next to the compressor. It moves air across the condenser coils to help cool the hot refrigerant coming out of the compressor.
The light switch turns the refrigerator light on and off and monitors door position. Replace the light switch if it doesn't work.
The electronic control board is the "brains" of the refrigerator. Replace the electronic control board if it fails.
The compressor start relay starts the compressor and shuts it off if the motor overheats. Replace the start relay if it's failed.
The evaporator fan motor blows air across the evaporator coils and through the refrigerator cabinet for cooling. Replace the evaporator fan motor if it won't run when activated.
The defrost thermistor attaches to the evaporator coil and measures the evaporator coil temperature during defrost.
The ice maker kit is an optional accessory for refrigerators. Install the ice maker kit in a refrigerator that doesn't have an automatic ice maker.
If frost is building up in the freezer of your side-by-side refrigerator, the defrost sensor could be at fault. You can replace it in about half an hour by following these instructions.
If frost is building up in the freezer of your side-by-side refrigerator, the defrost heater could be faulty. Follow these step-by-step instructions to replace the defrost heater.
If your side-by-side refrigerator isn’t churning out ice, replacing the motor could fix the problem. These steps explain how.
If your refrigerator isn't running, the electronic control board could be the problem. A service technician can do tests to diagnose the cause. If the electronic control board has failed, replace it following the instructions in this repair guide.
Learn how to replace the ice maker in a side-by-side refrigerator with these step-by-step instructions.
If your refrigerator isn't as cold as it should be, it could be that the evaporator fan motor isn't circulating air. This repair guide shows how to replace a failed evaporator fan motor.
The thermistor senses the temperature inside the refrigerator. If the actual temperature and the temperature you set are different, the thermistor could be the problem. You can replace a refrigerator thermistor by following these simple instructions.
The diffuser controls cold air flow from the freezer to the refrigerator. You can replace it yourself, following step-by-step instructions.
If your refrigerator dispenses ice or water even when the door is open, replace the dispenser core control board—it takes less than an hour.
If the ice maker in your side-by-side refrigerator is not producing, replacing the optic boards can fix this system.
Learn how to tell if the water inlet valve in your refrigerator is bad.
Learn what to check if the inside of your fridge is wayyyy too warm.
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.