Fregidaire refrigerator view

Common Issues with Frigidaire Refrigerators

Your Frigidaire refrigerators work 24/7 to keep perishable items crisp and fresh for when you need them. 

With age and use, however, refrigerator parts eventually start to wear down and require maintenance. And, in some cases, replacement. 

Below, we’ll go over a few of the most common issues we see with Frigidaire refrigerators

Although this may not be the most comprehensive guide, it can help you to catch those pesky appliance problems before they get worse. 

However, remember to always proceed with caution! And, make sure to turn the power off before making repairs to your fridge. Or, if you’re ever in doubt, call a professional appliance repair service for help.

Leaking Fridge

If there’s water leaking from your Frigidaire refrigerator, there’s not doubt that you’ve got an issue. 

However, a leak can be caused by a number of faulty parts. 

This includes a broken door gasket, a blocked defrost drain, or a clogged drain hose.

Check the Door Gasket

Frigidaire door gasket

The door gasket on your Frigidaire refrigerator is what helps to seal in cool air, while also keeping warm air out. In other words, a good door seal keeps a fridge’s contents at the right temperature. Plus, it also helps the appliance run more efficiently. 

If you notice water coming out of your refrigerator or freezer door, it may be because the gasket isn’t sealing properly, which leads to excess condensation and might be the source of your water problem. 

To test the gasket, close the door on a piece of paper and then try to pull the paper out. If the paper slides or slips out with little to no resistance, you’ll know the gasket needs replacing.

Blocked defrost drain

Frigidaire defrost drain

If you notice water pooling underneath your fridge, the defrost drain is likely blocked causing the leakage that you’re seeing.  

A working defrost drain will help to remove any water collected during your refrigerator’s defrost cycle. 

Over time, however, the defrost drain can collect ice, dirt, and other types of debris. If not cleaned periodically, the debris blocks the defrost drain. With nowhere to go, in turn, water may start to leak from the appliance.

You can try to fix this issue by flushing the defrost drain with warm water. However, if this doesn’t help, or you need a hand figuring out what’s wrong, contact an appliance repair service for a proper diagnosis.

Clogged Drain Hose

Frigidaire drain hose

Similar to the defrost drain, a Frigidaire refrigerator’s drain hose helps to move water during the defrost cycle. 

If the drain hose is clogged with ice or dirt, water won’t drain properly from the unit. 

Once again, you can try to fix this issue by flushing the drain with warm water. 

However, if you’ve already tried this method and your fridge still leaks, you might need to reach out for professional for help.

Fridge Is Not Cold Enough

A refrigerator that isn’t getting cold enough is yet another very common issue we see with virtually all makes of refrigerators. When this happens, the problem is likely caused by a faulty evaporator fan, a damaged compressor, or dirty condenser coils.

Faulty Evaporator Fan

Frigidaire evaportator fan

The evaporator fan helps move cool air into the refrigerator’s interior. Therefore, if the evaporator fan is broken, your fridge contents will likely feel warmer than they should. 

To test the evaporator fan, open the freezer door and hold down the door switch. You should hear the evaporator fan turn on to circulate air through the unit. 

If you don’t hear anything start running, a faulty evaporator fan might just be the problem.

Damaged Compressor

Frigidaire compressor

A damaged Frigidaire compressor is another common issue that may cause your refrigerator to feel warmer than usual. 

The compressor is the component that pumps refrigerant throughout your unit’s compressor coils. In turn, this process helps keep the inside of the unit as cool as possible. 

When damaged, the compressor won’t circulate refrigerant. In turn, your refrigerator will feel warm and won’t cool properly. 

With that said, if you suspect a faulty compressor, you’ll likely need a professional to replace it. In this case, don’t hesitate to contact a professional today.

Clogged Condenser Coils

Frigidaire condenser coils

A Frigidaire refrigerator’s condenser coils help dissipate heat away from the unit. 

However, over time, they tend to collect dust, dirt, and other debris. 

Dirty or clogged condenser coils can cause several common issues including, a fridge that doesn’t heat or cool properly.

To fix this issue, clean and vacuum the condenser coils to remove as much dirt as possible. 

Then, check to see if doing this has resolved the problem.

Build-up of Frost in Ice Dispenser

Another of the most common issues with Frigidaire refrigerators is frost build-up, which might prevent your ice dispenser from working properly. 

If not maintained, a buildup of frost can cause leaks and other problems.

Let’s take a look!

Damaged Door

Frigidaire door

A damaged or warped door may allow warm air to enter your ice-maker. If this happens, it’s possible to get unwanted frost build-up due to the condensation.

So, make sure you close your fridge and freezer door properly, which will prevent frost build-up over time.

Thermostat Issues

Fregidaire refrigerator thermostate

A thermostat is another very important part of a Frigidaire refrigerator. One common issue that can occur is that the thermostat doesn’t read or set the right temperature. 

If you’ve got a thermostat issue, the contents of your fridge or freezer will be too warm or too cold. 

Both can cause major appliance problems like frost build-up or spoiled food.

Appliance Repair Service or DIY?

It’s tempting to try and repair your Frigidaire refrigerator on your own. 

However, unless you have professional experience, it’s tricky to know if you’ve successfully diagnosed and fixed the problem. In fact, you can even end up making the problem worse, which will require a costly and time-consuming fix. 

So, if you’re having refrigerator troubles, don’t hesitate to reach out to a local appliance repair service.