How to Troubleshoot an Avanti Refrigerator

Avanti manufactures a range of refrigerators varying in size from compact beverage coolers to full-size domestic, side-by-side appliances. Following a troubleshooting guide helps you resolve common technical problems in the event of your Avanti refrigerator stopping working or cooling correctly. Problems usually occur when the refrigerator is moved or accidentally reconfigured. Interruptions to the electricity supply are also a frequent cause of technical difficulty.

Solve common problems with your Avanti refrigerator at home with a troubleshooting guide.

Step 1

Verify the refrigerator is plugged in and able to receive electricity via the outlet. A blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker may have cut power to the refrigerator's outlet. You will notice the light inside your appliance does not come on if there is no power. You might notice other appliances or outlets in your home stop working when a fuse or breaker is inactive. Don't use an extension cord with your Avanti refrigerator. Always use a 15-amp fuse or breaker to protect your refrigerator's circuit.

Step 2

Check the position of the thermostat dial located inside the refrigerator compartment if the appliance is receiving power but not cooling. The dial could have been accidentally knocked to the "Off" or "1" position while loading food. Turn the dial to position "3" for best food storage conditions in a normal home or office environment.

Step 3

Consider moving the refrigerator or adjusting its current position if the compressor runs for longer-than-normal periods or if you find the interior is too warm. Air must be able to circulate around the appliance and through its vents. There should be at least 4 inches of room on all sides, including the back, for best results. Keep your refrigerator away from heat-generating appliances like ovens or clothes dryers.

Step 4

Review how and when you use your refrigerator; the motor runs for longer periods when the door is left open or frequently used. Don't store any above-room-temperature food in your refrigerator, to minimize condensation. The motor runs longer when a large amount of food has been added to the refrigerator.

Step 5

Examine the door seals for signs of corrosion or damage if the refrigerator is too warm; room temperature air could be entering the appliance through a crack in the rubber door seal. Make sure there are no jars or bottles that strike the shelves when the door is closed; room temperature air enters when the door isn't closed properly. Consider purchasing a replacement door seal if there are signs of damage.

Step 6

Unplug the refrigerator and wait at least five minutes before reconnecting the power if your motor doesn't run. A temporary fault could be preventing the internal computer from operating the refrigerator correctly. Disconnecting the power forces the computer to reset itself when the power returns. Plugging your refrigerator back in before three minutes has elapsed could cause the refrigerator not to start.