Experts estimate a brand new refrigerator will last anywhere from 10-20 years, depending on the make, model, and your own personal maintenance routine. If your refrigerator is on the fritz, the signs might not always be clear. Here are five ways to tell if your refrigerator is in need of a repair.
It’s leaving puddles all over your kitchen floor.
Is your refrigerator turning your kitchen floor into a swimming pool? This is perhaps the most obvious sign that it needs to be fixed. Leaky refrigerators can be caused by a faulty seal, damaged water supply valve, or a clogged defrost drain.
You notice a spike in your electricity bill.
Have you noticed that your monthly energy bill keeps climbing, but your consumption habits have remained the same? This could be caused by a broken refrigerator that is working harder than it should to keep cold. The average refrigerator is responsible for about 8% of a household’s energy consumption, but that number could skyrocket if it is malfunctioning.
It’s causing you headaches – literally.
Does it seem like your fridge keeps on getting louder and louder? This might not be your imagination, it may actually be a cry for help. Contact a local appliance repair service if your refrigerator is making loud, clunking noises or constantly cycling on and off.
Your food is constantly spoiling prematurely.
Do you find your food constantly going bad before its expiration date, regardless of what it is or where you buy it from? This could be because the inside of your refrigerator is too warm. Try turning down the thermostat, and if that doesn’t work, have it looked at by a licensed professional.
It’s hot to the touch.
Contrary to popular belief, refrigerators don’t actually “cool down” their interior. Instead, heat is removed from the air. Because of this, it is normal for the appliance to feel a little warm when it is running. But if your fridge is uncomfortably hot to the touch, it’s a sure sign that something is wrong.
Is your refrigerator showing any of these signs? If you live in New York City or on Long Island, contact the repair experts at Speedy Refrigerator Service. We have provided professional refrigerator repairs to the tri-state area for more than 75 years, and can fix any make or model. Our phone lines are always open, so call us anytime at (866) 782-9376 to schedule your same-day appointment.