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Warning Signs That Your Refrigerator's Compressor Pump Is Failing

by Brent Hart

A refrigerator compressor pumps refrigerant throughout the system and cools the food inside. However, like any mechanical device, it can malfunction or fail over time, leading to various problems. There are several warning signs you must look for that indicate that your refrigerator might fail or is already breaking down.

Why Refrigerator Compressors Fail

Several factors can cause a refrigerator compressor to fail, such as:

  • Refrigerant issues
  • Dirty condenser coils
  • A power surge

The compressor is a mechanical device that undergoes constant stress and friction. Over time, it can wear out and lose its efficiency or functionality. Most compressors are designed to last a long time but can still fail due to natural aging or poor maintenance.

Signs of Refrigerator Compressor Failure

If your refrigerator compressor is failing or has failed, you may notice some of these symptoms:

  • The refrigerator is not cooling
  • The compressor makes unusual noises
  • The compressor cycles on and off too frequently or too long
  • The compressor overheats

The compressor might also not start at all. If your refrigerator does not turn on or make any sound when plugged in, it could mean that your compressor has failed or that its start relay has malfunctioned. You may need to replace either one or both of these components.

How to Prevent or Fix Refrigerator Compressor Failure

The best way to fix your refrigerator is to hire an appliance repair technician. Even if you feel confident in your ability to fix the refrigerator, an appliance repair technician will know how to perform repairs while following all relevant regulations, and they will also save you time. With the experience that a refrigerator repair technician has, they will be able to fix your fridge much more quickly.

How the Technician Will Repair Your Refrigerator

The technician will:

  • Check and adjust your refrigerant level according to your manufacturer's instructions
  • Clean your condenser coils and the rest of the fridge if necessary
  • Recommend whether you should have the compressor pump repaired or replaced and perform the necessary fixes

If you hear any unusual noises from your compressor, turn off your refrigerator and call a technician to inspect it. Otherwise, you might void your warranty.

A refrigerator compressor is essential. By knowing the causes and signs of a compressor failure and by following the preventive and corrective measures, you can extend the life of your compressor and avoid costly repairs or replacements.

Contact an appliance repair technician for more information.