There was a time not too long ago where the average household functioned adequately without a refrigerator. Nowadays, even a household on the most modest budget has a fridge. Those with more money have the option to buy a more advanced version of this type of appliance. And while the features of the more advanced fridges are a definite asset to any home, this also means that with the use of more technology, there’s a greater chance of the refrigerator breaking down.
Older fridges with a problem can sometimes be fixed by the do it yourself or even temporarily fixed by someone on a tighter budget so that the refrigerator keeps working, even if it’s not at peak efficiency. With fridges that are more technologically advanced, minor problems can be more complicated to fix. It’s important that even the minor problems get fixed as soon as possible so that additional damage isn’t caused to the fridge. Refrigerator problems can escalate very quickly, especially in the fancier fridges where all running parts appear to be connected.
The first step to making sure you keep your fridge maintained is to be aware of common problems. Some people may not be aware that there is a problem with their refrigerator until the problem is so big that it can’t be missed or ignored.
Depending on the type of fridge you have, it’s not uncommon for the appliance to make noise. Except in the highest end and most expensive refrigerators, it’s common to hear the sound of a running motor. But the sound of a motor running shouldn’t be louder than a hum. If the fridge motor is making much more noise than this, it’s usually a sign of an important problem that needs to be fixed before it gets worse. Most companies’ deals with homeowners who may have been able to reduce the repair costs or event save their fridges if they had simply paid attention to and dealt with the first warning sound of a motor making too much noise.
Too Many Daily Refrigerator Cycles
A fridge cycling is common. This appliance is designed for runs of several cycles a day. This means the motor turns on and off to adjust the cold air. It does this any time the temperature increases in the fridge. You’ll often hear the fridge cycle if the refrigerator door has been kept open for too long. Constant cycling should not happen and is the sign of a refrigerator problem, ultimately burning out your motor and increasing your electricity costs. A problem with the thermostat could be the cause of constant cycling. Other possible causes could be the buildup of debris or a problem with the condenser. These possible causes can also be responsible for preventing your fridge from getting cold and no longer keeping your food fresh, or even for freezing your food.
Water Leaking from Fridge
Water leaking from your refrigerator is the sign of a problem you will want to get fixed right away. Water from your fridge could potentially damage your floor, and if the water is bad enough, could leak right through the floor to the next level. Get it checked out right away by a professional since the likely cause is blockage in the drainage system or worn valves.