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Your refrigerator may be the most important appliance in your home, and when it is not working, it can cause a big disruption in your life and the lives of your family members. That is why it is so important to know what troubleshooting steps to take when your Electrolux refrigerator goes on the blink.
Troubleshooting an Electrolux Refrigerator
Check the power to the Electrolux refrigerator. If your refrigerator will not turn on or does not seem to be running, carefully pull the appliance out from the wall far enough to reach the outlet. Unplug the refrigerator, and plug another appliance into the same spot. If the outlet is working, you know the problem is with the refrigerator itself. If not, check for a tripped breaker or a blown fuse.
Make sure the door is closing properly. If the door is not closed the refrigerator may shut itself down. Open the door and carefully examine the door seal. Look for cracks and tears in the door seal that could cause the door to not close properly. If a faulty door seal is suspected, contact your dealer or an appliance repair technician to have the seal replaced.
Check to make sure your Electrolux refrigerator is sitting level. Place a level on top of the refrigerator near the front. Do not place the level on the door of the refrigerator because it may not provide an accurate reading. Place the level both in the middle of the refrigerator and at the sides to make sure the unit is sitting perfectly level. If the refrigerator is not level, use the leveling feet on the bottom to adjust it. Carefully adjust the leveling feet at each side of the appliance, stopping to check the level after every turn. Move the level around to make sure the appliance is now sitting perfectly level.
Check the temperature controls on the refrigerator. If the refrigerator is running but not keeping food cold enough, the temperature controls may have been moved. Locate the controls; on most Electrolux refrigerators they are located right inside the main food compartment. Carefully read the temperature setting, and adjust it if necessary. Let the refrigerator run for a couple of hours, and check the temperature using a freezer thermometer. Check the temperature every couple of hours to make sure the unit has stabilized.
Check the condition of the filter at the bottom of the unit. If the filter is blocked or clogged, the refrigerator will have to work harder to keep your food cool, and this could cause it to run hot or make excessive noise. Use a flashlight to look at the filter while it is still in place. If it looks dirty, carefully remove it by either popping it out if it is a pop-out unit or unscrewing the facing that holds it in place. Examine the filter for dirt and debris, and clean or replace it as necessary.
Based in Pennsylvania, Bonnie Conrad has been working as a professional freelance writer since 2003. Her work can be seen on Credit Factor, Constant Content and a number of other websites. Conrad also works full-time as a computer technician and loves to write about a number of technician topics. She studied computer technology and business administration at Harrisburg Area Community College.