Help My Fridge Will Not Start
A fridge that won’t start is a real problem because it effectively shortens the lifespan of your food, after all, it will only stay fresh for so long. Your fridge keeps food fresh for longer but if your fridge won’t start then you will be up against the clock.
You’ll need to find out what is wrong and then go about getting it fixed, this might sound simple enough, but it will really all depend on what the problem is. If you’re lucky you might be able to fix the issue yourself but be warned in the majority of cases, you’ll need to call in a professional Repair Aid fridge expert to handle the problem for you.
But we can help you find out what the problem might be and that at the very least will make the repair process quicker. The good news is that despite what you might have heard food that is usually put in a fridge can stay perfectly edible for some time before it goes off.
That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t act fast though because the quicker you get your fridge fixed the better off you’ll be. So, to help you with that let’s take a look at what could be causing your fridge to not start in the first place, shall we?
First Check The Fuse
Before we start examining the more complex options you should take a look at the fuse, it’s very easy to overlook this and while it might seem unlikely you just never know. So, try replacing the fuse in the fridge’s plug socket to see if it makes any difference.
The Electric Control Board
Like so many other essential electronic components the electric control board sounds much more complicated than it actually is. Basically, the control board monitors the temperature of your fridge and controls the fridge’s compressor and defrost system.
Because the control board does so much if it breaks down or develops a fault your fridge likely won’t start and even if does it won’t be long before you notice problems. The electronic control board might carry out relatively simple duties but it’s still a complex component and not one you should play around with.
So, if your fridge won’t start and you think it could be related to the electric control board you shouldn’t attempt repairs on your own. They are expensive components and fragile so call in an expert to deal with the repairs for you.
The Cold Control Switch
The cold control switch (sometimes known as the temperature controlled switch) is pretty self-explanatory, isn’t it? The switch powers the compressor and fan inside the fridge which circulates the cool air, and your fridge won’t start up if the fans aren’t running.
Unfortunately, if a fault develops with this switch then it will usually be because of trouble with the circuits. You’ll need a professional engineer to carry out checks using a multi-meter and then if the cold control switch is beyond repair they’ll need to replace it for you.
It’s unlikely but always worth checking the temperature control dial as well, because it may have just got knocked to a very low setting. This, in turn, can sometimes lead people to think their fridge isn’t working, so be sure to check it.
Now this is a fun one isn’t it? Luckily there is a common warning sign to look out for with this issue, if you notice a faint clicking sound even though your fridge won’t power on then it’s likely the overload relay is overheating or arching.
This is not really a problem you can fix on your own without professional guidance, so you should call in a professional repairman as soon as you are able to. They’ll be able to check the fridge with a multi-meter and find out whether you have suffered an overloaded relay.
They will probably carry out more complex diagnostic tests as well and you may even need to get new parts installed in more serious cases. This is really only a job for an expert so don’t try to carry out these repairs yourself.
So, that’s a look at some of the common causes of your fridge not starting, yes, it’s a little worrying when you’re faced with a fridge that won’t start but like I mentioned earlier you do have more time than you likely think before your food starts to go bad.
However, that doesn’t mean you should just wait around and take your time. You still need to act fast so be sure to call in our technicians as soon as you are able to.