Friday, March 13, 2015

Springtime Maintenance Tips for Your Refrigerator/ Freezer

We're enjoying a lovely early Spring, here in Portland, Oregon! With earlier than usual warmer temperatures, we thought it would be a good idea to let all of our loyal customers and friends in on some springtime appliance tips. Here are a few things about your Refrigerator/ Freezer that would be helpful to begin taking a look at now, before it gets too much warmer outside.


It's a good time to check on your ice maker, if your refrigerator model has one. If the ice maker is slowing down, or not making any ice cubes at all, put a thermometer in the freezer for about 1/2 hour to check that the temperature is at zero. If it isn't, this can cause the ice maker to not function properly. In addition, if the temperature in the freezer isn't at zero, then likewise the temperature in your refrigerator is probably going to be a few degrees warmer than it should be. This causes the refrigerator compressor to run a lot more or all the time, because the thermostat control is not quite sensing the correct temperature.  If you're not sure, give us a call & we'll be happy to come out and take a look for you.


If your ice maker is instead giving you hollow ice cubes, this is a different problem altogether. Hollow ice cubes can be an indication of restricted water flow in the ice maker. Restricted water flow is the result of a problem with the Electronic Inlet Water Valve. If it looks like this is happening in your ice maker, definitely give us a call to schedule service/ repair.  

More Springtime tips for your appliances coming soon!


  1. I have noticed that we have been having a lot of hollow ice cubes from our fridge recently. I'm going to have to have my husband check the water flow. I really hope that something isn't wrong with the fridge. We don't have room in our budget right now for appliance repairs.

  2. I keep getting hallowed out ice cubes from my freezer. I checked like you said, and it is a problem with restricted water flow to the freezer that is causing the issue. I'll see if I can fix it myself, but if not I may have to give someone a call to do it for me like you suggest.

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