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Saving Your Food When The Refrigerator Fails

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Imagine heading into your kitchen, just looking for a bite to eat when suddenly you realize, your fridge has stopped working! Though this is one extra expense you might not have accounted for, the food that’s in it is another. With quick action, you can save your groceries from going sour, and get your fridge back on the road to recovery. To keep your food waste low, and to get your fridge back to running, here’s what you need to do.

How Much Time Do You Have?

If you leave the refrigerator door closed, then you have four hours until the food will begin reaching room temperature. With that being said, do not open up the fridge door or else you will have less time due to the cold air escaping. Once the food reaches above 40 degrees Fahrenheit for more than two hours, it must be thrown away.

Consider Temporary Storage

Before you do anything, grab as many coolers as you can. Since you have four hours from the time it stops, search the house for as many coolers as you can or go to the store and purchase some. Fill these coolers with ice and begin transferring as much food as you can. Start with the more important items that you want to eat, instead of things like leftovers.

Call a Professional

There’s only so much time that can go by before the ice in the coolers begins to melt. Call up a professional appliance repair company to have your refrigerator looked at. The sooner you have it repaired, the less food that will spoil. Replacing an entire refrigerator and freezer worth of food can be quite expensive.

When the refrigerator fails, don’t panic — just follow these quick and useful tips. When you need a professional to repair your appliances, contact the experts at Tri-City Appliance, Plumbing, Heating & Cooling. To learn more, or to schedule a service, give us a call at (203) 303-5700.