A refrigerator is considered a low maintenance appliance, as the lifespan of a quality fridge lasts for over a decade with close to no maintenance needed.
However, at some point, a fridge will start to show wear and tear.
Here are some common signs to look for that help signal that a refrigerator is worn out and needs to be replaced.
1) The Motor Motor is Too Hot
If there is a warm temperature change whenever someone puts their hand to the back of their refrigerator, that may be a sign that something isn't right. The coils at the back of the fridge are insulated, which is designed to keep people from feeling too much heat. If the coils need to be replaced, it may be more cost effective to simply replace the refrigerator with a newer, energy efficient model.
2) Extra Condensation
Extra condensation inside of the refrigerator is a sign that the appliance is not cooling properly. You should also check the rubber sealing around the door to see if there are any signs of mold. The temperature in the fridge could be the cause of the issue, which may lead to any food in the fridge becoming spoiled.
3) Everything Has Frost Bite
If the freezer is colder than usual and everything is iced over more than normal, that is another sign that an appliance repair may be necessary. Defrost the freezer and then plug it back in to see how the freezer responds. If the issue continues to occur, then it may be time to purchase a new refrigerator.
4) Your Energy Bills Are Through the Roof
If your monthly energy bills increase month after month out of nowhere (without a change in the amount of power that's being used) — that's a sign that the refrigerator has a malfunctioning part that needs repair. However, if your refrigerator has been slowly increasing but nothing is wrong, then take a step back and think about how old this appliance is. If it's over the decade mark, it may be time to start shopping...
When you need your refrigerator repaired, know that the pros at Tri-City have your back! Whether it's the fridge, the dishwasher, or the washing machine — know that we can take care of it all!