Refrigerator Repair in Nairobi – Freezers are an essential component of our daily lives, so when something goes wrong, it can become a major inconvenience
Refrigerator Repair in Nairobi
Freezers are an essential component of our daily lives, so when something goes wrong, it can become a major inconvenience. There are a number of things that can go wrong with your freezer, but the most common problems include damage to the compressor, problems with the condenser or a defective evaporator. Carrying out a freezer repair is a complex task that should only be performed by factory certified technicians. Fortunately, with over 20 years in the business of servicing, maintaining and repairing appliances, Best Appliance Repair is guaranteed to solve your problems.
Our technicians, who are well-trained and up-to-date with the latest technology, can help you with both domestic and industrial-sized freezer repairs. The secret to our speedy service is a combination of efficient customer care, organized order processing and an extended stock of replacement parts.
Our experience extends to the following brands: Amana, Danby, Frigidaire, GE, U-Line, Whirlpool
So you’ve just taken delivery of a new refrigerator. Congratulations! Now it’s time to install it in the nicest spot of your kitchen, ready for all those admiring glances and chilly vegetables. Installing it yourself isn’t hard to do: just follow these simple steps and you’ll be up and refrigerating in no time.
Unpack the fridge outside
The huge cardboard boxes that the fridge was shipped in is easier to open outside, where you have room. Remove the cardboard box and other packing parts and set them aside. Don’t throw them out until the refrigerator has been up and running for a few days, though, in case you need to return it for replacement or repair.
Inside the refrigerator, remove all of the shelves, drawers and other components and set them aside so they don’t get damaged while installing. However, leave the plastic covering on the refrigerator doors in place: this can protect them from damage as you move them.
Move the refrigerator
To move a refrigerator, the easiest way is to use a dolly or hand truck, tilting the refrigerator on one side so the weight is balanced on one side. Never put a refrigerator on its side or upside down: this can weaken or damage the cooling mechanism inside. If you need to carry it up stairs, keep it as upright as possible and move carefully to avoid knocking it.
Take the doors off
Larger refrigerators are especially difficult to move, because they often won’t fit through the doorways in your house. There is a hidden trick here, though: all refrigerators are designed to have removable doors. The doors are held in place by bolts at the top and bottom, and can be removed by undoing them. Check the manual for details on this, though: some may require that you remove the bolts in a particular order, or remove other parts (such as water feeder lines) first.
Once the door (or doors) are removed, the refrigerator will be much thinner and easier to move into the kitchen. Once it is installed, you can replace the doors by reversing the sequence and you are good to go.
Mind the gap
You, of course, measured the space that the refrigerator and bought an appropriately sized one. But it never hurts to double-check: Before you move the refrigerator inside, measure the spot that it is going into, taking note of the depth, height and width. Then compare this with the measurements of the refrigerator itself and air gap that the manufacturer recommends. You’ll find this in the manual that came with the refrigerator This gap allows air to circulate, carrying away the heat that the refrigerator is removing from the food inside. The size of the required gap varies with different models and types of refrigerators, so make sure you check this and have the space you need.
How to level your refrigerator
Modern refrigerators don’t have the exposed coils that you might remember on the back of your grandparents’ fridge. These were one of the main ways that refrigerators were damaged: crack these fragile pipes, and the coolant would escape. Instead, the coils on modern refrigerators are mounted inside the body, against a metal plate on the back of the fridge. You still need to make sure that this plate has the space to radiate the heat away, though: most fridges will require a space of 2 inches or so to provide the proper air currents. If you are interested in how refrigerators work, read my article on the cool physics of refrigerators.
You should never skimp on the air gap: your refrigerator might still work if you do, but it won’t run as efficiently as it could, and you are shortening the life of the refrigerator by making it work harder to remove the heat.
You should also double-check on the space required for the door and hinge: some refrigerators will require a lot of clearance to allow you to open the door properly. Again, the details of this should be in the installation guide.
Slide it in
Once you are happy with the space that the refrigerator will go into, put it in front of the space, but with enough of a gap that you can get behind it. Sweep out the space to get rid of dust and dirt, then connect the power and water, making sure that the cables for both are against the wall so they won’t get caught as the refrigerator slides in.
Push the refrigerator in slowly, checking that it is not getting caught on any cables or flooring. Many fridges come with wheels on the back to make this easier: lift the front up gently so the front legs are off the ground and push backward gently.
Once it is in place, check the air gap on each side to make sure it is as wide as the manufacturers recommend. If not, pull it out, move it in the required direction and slide it in again.
Now you can replace the doors if required. These will need leveling to make sure that they are flat against the front of the refrigerator and form a tight seal. The method of doing this varies but usually involves adjusting a screw at the bottom of the door to level it. You should also make sure the refrigerator itself is level, as they work most efficiently this way. See this article for details on how to do this
Next, install the shelves and trays, close the doors and let the refrigerator start working. Don’t expect the fridge to become cold immediately: some refrigerators may require a few hours for the cooling system to settle down and start working after being bounced about during shipping. However, if you aren’t detecting any drop in temperature within 24 hours, call the retailer or manufacturer and ask for assistance.
Common problems for refrigerator not working
Refrigerator is a complex machine. Also, it is the hardest working home appliance that is operational round the clock, keeping your food fresh. Due to rigorous use and wear and tear, a refrigerator may develop issues like cooling problem, defrost problem, faulty wiring, broken drain plate, sparking from socket, door closing problem, drain blockage etc. that require refrigerator repair service.
- Common problems with a refrigerator that require repair are:
- Defective fridge MCB
- fridge mcb
If your fridge does not start it is always recommended to check the MCB (miniature circuit breaker). Problem with MCB can be a leading cause of refrigerator breakdown. In such case call a refrigerator repair professional.
A leading reason behind refrigerator not working is insufficient current or voltage to the unit. Check the current and voltage of the outlet with a multi-meter and voltage tester device.
Here are some Multimeters you can find online :-
- HTC Instrument Mas 830L Digital Pocket Multimeter Dmm
- Uni-T Ut-33D Digital Multimeter With Continuity Buzzer
- Freshdcart DT-266 Clamp Multimeter Auto Ranging Amp Current Voltage Measurement Device
- Mextech DT-603 Digital Multimeter
- Faulty motor
- faulty fridge motor
A defective motor is a leading reason behind refrigerator not working problem. In many cases, the refrigerator unit will shut down immediately or won’t start at all if the motor is defective. Motors usually have to be replaced when they get broken. In such case, call a fridge repair professional.
Here are some Fan Motors you can find online:-
- Fan Motor Suitable for Godrej Frost Free Refrigerator (Genuine)
- Fan Motor Suitable for Samsung Refrigerators,- with 2 Pin Connector
- Fan Motor Suitable for LG/BPL Frost Free/Double Door Refrigerators- 3 Pin Connectors(Multi Color)(Match and Buy)
- Fan Motor Suitable for Videocon Frost Free Refrigerators-2 Pin Connector
- Fan Motor Suitable for Whirlpool Refrigerators (Black)
- Faulty compressor
- Faulty fridge compressor
A compressor is the heart of a refrigerator unit which is responsible for refrigeration cycle. If the fridge does not work, the compressor might be defective. The compressor is a motor which compresses the refrigerant or coolant and circulates the refrigerant through the evaporator and condenser coils. Problems with your compressor may cause the fridge to shut down. Keeping compressor clean and lubricated can help to prevent refrigerator start-up problem.
Dirty condenser coils
Dirty Fridge Coils
At the back of a refrigerator there are condenser coils that convert high pressure high temperature gas into high pressure liquid. During this conversion, the condenser coils dissipate a lot of heat from the rear end. If the condenser coils are covered with dirt, heat may not dissipate properly and refrigerator may not work efficiently and may stop working completely.
If the fridge doesn’t have enough coolant, it may not turn on or may not operate correctly. The coolant circulates through the evaporator coils and cools the air flowing over it and eventually sends cold air in the food section. So when the level of this refrigerant becomes insufficient, the refrigerator may not work properly. We recommend you to consult a refrigerator repair professional to refill the coolant.
Faulty start capacitor
When the fridge is switched ON, the thermostat sends a signal to the start capacitor to trigger the compressor and start the refrigeration cycle of fridge. But when the capacitor goes bad, it fails to trigger refrigeration cycle and in some case the refrigerator does not even start.
faulty fridge thermostat
A bad thermostat is a leading cause of refrigerator not working problem. A defective thermostat cannot transmit start signal to start capacitor and the refrigerator does not turn on. In such situation call a PRO for refrigerator repair.
Here are some recommended Thermostats you can find online:-
Thermostat Compatible with Videocon Single Door Refrigerator (Match & Buy)
Thermostat for Godrej Single Door Refrigerator Spares (Grey)
Thermostat for Whirlpool Single Door Refrigerator
Thermostat Compatible with Godrej Old Model Single Door Refrigerator
Thermostat for Samsung Single Door Refrigerator (Match & Buy)
Thermostat-Suitable for Videocon Direct Cool or Single Door refrigerators. Manual Defrost
Thermostat Suitable for LG Single Door/Direct Cool Refrigerators
Thermostat Suitable for LG, Samsung, Godrej, Videocon, Intex, Whirlpool and Other Refrigerator
These are some common reasons behind refrigerator not working but there can be other reasons as well. Hire the best refrigerator repair professionals today and let them take care of your expensive refrigerator.