Fridges: Fridge repairs and spares Fridge spare parts
When something goes wrong with a major appliance such as a fridge, it's nearly always worth exploring if it can be repaired – particularly if it's less than 10 years old.
For simple jobs, such as putting in a door seal or replacing a part or accessory, you can often source and install the part yourself. For more complex problems, such as compressor or motor failure, you'll need to call in a professional repairer. See Which? Local for repairers in your area that have been recommended by Which? members.
|Fridge parts and spares - typical costs|
|Fridge part||Typical cost of replacement part||DIY or job for a professional?|
|Fridge lamp / bulb||£2 - £8||DIY|
|Foot||£5 - £15||DIY|
|Door handle||From £7||DIY|
|Door seal||£10 - £70||DIY|
|Fridge bottle shelf||£12 - £20||DIY|
|Fridge shelf||£15 - £25||DIY|
|Crisper drawer||£20 - £30||DIY|
|Water filter||£30 - £80||DIY|
Generic parts will cost less than a specific manufacturer's part.
Replacing a fridge spare part
If you're replacing a fridge part yourself, follow these DIY basics.
- Unless you're replacing an aesthetic accessory, such as a shelf, switch your fridge off at the mains before carrying out any work
- Check the fridge part is compatible with your fridge model – you can find your product serial number inside the fridge itself, or in your manual
- Check your guarantee – some manufacturers have parts guarantees lasting longer than a year, meaning you might be covered for certain faults
- Water leaking in the fridge? You might have a blocked drain pipe – clean it yourself using a straw or pipe cleaner
- Online videos can help you fit a spare part if your manual doesn't. This Espares video shows you how to fit a door seal.
- If all else fails or you're unsure of what you're doing, call in a professional – they will be pleased to help you fit a spare that you have purchased.
When we called 99 repairers for a quote to replace a Hoover fridge freezer compressor unit in January 2010, prices ranged from £118 to £302 – so if you're bringing in a professional to replace a fridge part, shop around for more than one quote. You can find recommended repairers in your area on Which? Local.
Where to buy fridge spares
Spare fridge parts are available from manufacturers directly (see our page of manufacturer contacts). or increasingly through other spare parts outlets such as Espares and Partmaster. Or, if you're using one, a fridge repairer will be able to order parts for you.
It's important to choose a reputable spare parts stockist, as well as shopping around for the best price. Domestic appliance body Amdea recommends customers always choose genuine and approved spare parts made by the manufacturer, otherwise you may invalidate your product guarantee.