Your refrigerator is an important appliance in your home, and definitely one you'll notice right away when it stops working properly. It doesn't take long for your freezer full of food to begin to thaw or for your refrigerator foods to warm up. If you don’t notice your broken refrigerator, you could have more expenses than replacing and repairing the fridge, you’ll also have to replace the contents!


This post discusses some refrigerator issues and how to repair them to lengthen the life of your refrigerator.

The Refrigerator Is Running but the Food Is Warm
Warm food can happen for any number of reasons. Check a few things first before you run out to replace your refrigerator with a new one.

  • Check the Thermostat. If you have warm food but your refrigerator is still running, check the thermostat inside and set it to a cooler temperature setting. Wait a few hours and check the temperature inside again. 
  • Unblock Vents. If you have warm spots and cool spots throughout the refrigerator, check to be sure you don't have food blocking the vents inside. 
  • Inspect the Seals. Be sure to inspect the seals around the door to be sure they are tight. To check the seals, use a piece of paper and shut it inside the door. Attempt to pull out the paper, if it is difficult to pull out the paper your seals are still tightly sealed.

Once you know what the problems are, you can call a professional and get their opinion on if you should replace or repair your refrigerator.  

The Refrigerator Is Not Running and the Food Is Warm
If you have warm food and the refrigerator is not running, again check a few things on your appliance first to troubleshoot the problem.

  • Check for Power. Check the breaker to be sure the breaker didn't trip and that’s why your refrigerator doesn’t have power.
  • Test the Outlet and Plug. If you had power at the breaker, test the plug and the outlet. Plug in the refrigerator to a different outlet to see if it works, and inspect the plug and the cord for any burns or damage. Test the outlet for power using a multimeter.

If neither of these solutions fixes the refrigerator, contact a professional for their opinion.

The Refrigerator Smells
If your refrigerator smells, it may be time to give it a good cleaning.

  1. Clean out your refrigerator by wiping down the shelves and drawers.
  2. Remove any old or outdated food that could be the cause of the smell.

You can also add a container of baking soda inside your refrigerator to help soak up any remaining odors.
If you’ve scrubbed and cleaned your refrigerator and it still smells, a professional will know what to do.

Stinky Water or Ice
Your refrigerator itself may stink, but your ice and water could too. If you notice the ice or water from your door dispenser suddenly have a foul odor or doesn't taste quite as refreshing as before, the problem could be your filter. Purchase a replacement filter from your local parts supplier. The filter should be replaced typically every six months.

The Refrigerator Is Leaking
If you notice some water leaking from beneath your refrigerator, it could simply be that the drip pan is not in the proper place.

  1. Take the front grill off of your refrigerator and look for the drip pan.
  2. Look for where the water is coming from, which most likely will be from the condensation tube. 
  3. Inspect the drip pan, clean it if necessary, as it could be covered in dust, dirt, mold or mildew.
  4. Replace the drip pan and be sure the condensation tube will drip onto the pan. Any water on the drip pan usually evaporates.


Your refrigerator is an important appliance in your home. Take good care of it by cleaning it, performing some routine maintenance and making necessary repairs to lengthen the life of your appliance. For your refrigerator replacement part needs, contact Appliance Parts Distributor.