April 25, 2023

Refrigerator symptoms

A refrigerator that’s not cold enough, has water beneath the crisper drawers or has too much frost in the freezer are three common refrigerator problems. If your side-by-side, bottom-freezer or top-freezer fridge isn’t working like it should be, use our symptom and troubleshooting advice to pinpoint the problem. Put your appliance’s model number in the model finder at the top of every Sears PartsDirect page to find your part. Then use our repair guides for step-by-step instructions to fix your refrigerator.

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Symptoms common to all refrigerators

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April 20, 2023

Main causes: control board or cold control failure, broken compressor start relay, compressor motor failure, defrost tim…

April 20, 2023

Main causes: jammed ice cubes, broken ice maker assembly, dirty water filter, kinked water line, bad water valve, freeze…

April 20, 2023

Main causes: damaged door seal, faulty defrost sensor or bi-metal thermostat, broken defrost heater, bad defrost timer o…

April 20, 2023

Things to do: clean condenser coils, replace the water filter, clean the interior, adjust doors to prevent air leaks, cl…

April 20, 2023

Main causes: blocked air vents, compressor problems, condenser or evaporator fan not working, control system failure, se…

April 20, 2023

Main causes: water valve leaking, frozen or broken defrost drain tube, overflowing drain pan, cracked water system tubin…

April 20, 2023

Main causes: leaky door gasket, defrost system failure, evaporator fan not running, dirty condenser coils, condenser fan…

April 20, 2023

Main causes: blocked vents, defrost system problems, evaporator fan failure, dirty condenser coils, bad sensors, condens…

top-mount refrigerators

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April 20, 2023

Main causes: frozen or clogged defrost drain tube, cracked water system tubing…

Most common repair guides to help fix your refrigerators

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

How to clean refrigerator condenser coils

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 water valve

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

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 cont…

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less

Effective articles & videos to help repair your refrigerators

Use the advice and tips in these articles and videos to get the most out of your refrigerator.

How to Replace the Water Filter in a Maytag Refrigerator

How to Replace the Water Filter in a Maytag Refrigerator

No matter what style Maytag refrigerator you have, we can walk you through replacing the water filter.…

How to change the water filter in an LG refrigerator

How to change the water filter in an LG refrigerator

Get tips and advice on replacing the water filter in your LG refrigerator.…

How to prevent water dispenser and ice maker problems

How to prevent water dispenser and ice maker problems

If your refrigerator's ice maker isn't producing as much ice as it should, or water is flowing poorly from the dispenser…