Is your fridge on the fritz? Before you consider swapping it out for a new model, see if it can be repaired. With the amount of use a refrigerator gets, the occasional issue is to be expected. Moreover, some components of your appliance will wear out over time and eventually need to be replaced. At Ateliers G. Paquette, our team of repair technicians have the expertise and parts to successfully manage your fridge repair.
What issue are you having?
Inspect your home’s water supply lines to ensure that they aren’t blocked or damaged and that the caps are securely attached. If the solenoid valves are blocked or defective, you should call in a professional.
Use a cleaner that’s designed to clean stainless steel, as ordinary cleaning products like Windex® aren’t able to remove food residue from metal surfaces. Your best option is to use a cream cleaner such as STAINLESS POLISH (Product No. 903069). This product will both remove food residue and polish the surface of the fridge. Once you’ve removed the stains, consider applying a product that will maintain and protect the surface of your fridge, such as PRO-LINK® (Product No. YA007C). PRO-LINK® closes up pores in the metal and protects the surface from acids and fat found on fingers and food. Purchase these products online or in one of our stores.
The air filter indicator light is on
Your fridge contains a carbon filter that should be changed every three to six months. If the indicator light is on, your fridge is telling you that your filter has reached the end of its lifespan. Write down the model number for your refrigerator and visit one of our three locations to pick up a new filter. Once you’ve replaced it, reset the timer on the air filter indicator by pressing the reset button.
The water filter indicator light is on
The water filter in your fridge absorbs toxins (such as pesticides) that can’t be dealt with by water treatment plants. You need to replace this carbon filter every three months. Otherwise, the water dispenser will run much slower and the ice maker will produce smaller ice cubes. When the water filter indicator light is on, this likely means the filter is no longer effective. Write down your fridge’s model number so that you can buy a new filter at one of our stores. When you replace the filter, remember to reset the indicator.
The freezer or the back of the refrigerator is noisy
Your fridge has a number of components that tend to generate odd sounds. This includes the engine cooling fan, auto-defrost, ice maker and ice cube dispenser. If you’re unsure whether the sounds coming from your fridge are normal, you can turn to our team of experienced technicians for the answer. Contact us today to schedule a service appointment.
My ice maker is no longer producing ice
Determine if your water filter needs to be replaced. Once it’s used up, your ice maker will begin producing smaller ice cubes. An old filter can also cause the raker bar to jam, which prevents ice from dispensing. Another thing to check is the temperature of your freezer. If it’s too high, this can halt the production of ice (0 °F or -18 °C is the recommended temperature). Otherwise, the issue may be a breakage in your appliance’s drive motor, thermostat or its ice dispenser mechanism. When this is the case, call in one of our technicians.
My fridge smells bad
Be sure to clean the inside walls of your fridge every three months with a cleaner like Hertel. This helps get rid of pungent smells such as onion and expired milk. In addition, you should use activated carbon filters to capture odours. We recommend Fridge Aid (Product No. 78956), which is available in our stores and on our website.
There’s a buildup of frost in the freezer
Make sure the door properly closes and the seal is in good condition. If there are cracks in the seal, this can cause frost to build up. If you suspect that your freezer’s auto-defrost is broken or malfunctioning, call a professional.
There’s water or condensation in the fridge
Condensation on the walls and shelves of your fridge can be caused by cracks in the seal around the door if they prevent it from closing properly. Condensation can also occur when you leave the fridge open for too long and the cold air inside the appliance is exposed to the warmer air in your home. Alternatively, the issue could be the result an incorrect temperature setting (the fridge temperature should sit around 37 °F or 3 °C and the freezer temperature at 0 °F or -18 °C).
The fridge isn’t cold enough
Make sure that the door closes completely and that the temperature settings are correct (0 °F or -18 °C for the freezer and 37 °F or 3 °C for the fridge). Moreover, ensure that the various fridge components (the compressor, fans and so on) are working properly. If you notice any issues, give us a call.
The fridge is leaking
Make sure the door properly closes, check the seals and inspect the drain pan (which could be clogged or cracked). Certain other components, such as the solenoid valve and the water reservoir could be leaking due to cracking or freezing. Contact us if you require repairs.
We repair all types of refrigerators
We work with the largest appliance manufacturers and ensure that our technicians have the training and expertise required to repair your home appliance. Here are some of the brands we’re proud to work with:
Is your fridge in need of repair? Whatever the issue, the experts in appliance repair at Ateliers G. Paquette can take care of it. Contact us if you have any questions or would like to schedule a service call.