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A Refrigerator Safety Checklist

If your fridge is starting to act a little strange, you may need to call a technician and schedule repair services. A malfunctioning fridge can lead to your food going bad earlier than the expiration date as well as costly food bills. Here are some common issues to look out for and address.

Fridge Doesn’t Cool Effectively

Poor cooling may not seem like a big deal, but food that isn’t below a certain temperature can go bad quickly. This can lead to a case of food poisoning if you mistakenly ingest it. Inadequate cooling could be a result of a bad compressor or a broken thermostat. Alternatively, if you notice frost buildup on the evaporator coils, your defrost heater may be broken. To address the problem, schedule an appointment with a technician who can tell you the root of the problem.

Food and Drinks Are Partially Icy

Another common issue is discovering that your drinks and food are partially frozen. Usually, the culprit is a damaged thermostat. Alternatively, the defrost heater and defrost timer may not be working properly, causing ice to form on the evaporator coils. As the refrigerator starts its cooling cycle, the ice on the coils can melt and refreeze again.

Water Leaks From the Fridge

Water leaking from the fridge is common, too. The problem with water leaks is that they can cause damage to your floor, so the sooner you address the problem, the worse the damage will be.

The cause of a water leak could be from a clogged defrost drain. Refrigerators have drains that let water from the defrost cycle flow out. If the drain is clogged, then the water will back up and leak onto your floor.

Another reason may be a damaged water supply line. This could be the case if your fridge has a built-in ice maker. A damaged water supply line may also cause water to leak onto the floor.

Fridge Makes Loud Noises

Refrigerators are rather quiet appliances. There may be a small hum when the fridge starts its cooling cycle, but otherwise, it shouldn’t be particularly loud.

If you do hear a loud noise, you may have a worn-out compressor. A compressor that’s on its last legs may rattle and buzz. Another reason could be the condenser fan motor. If the fan is dirty, it may make loud buzzing or grinding noises. Additional culprits could be dirty condenser coils or a malfunctioning evaporator fan motor.

How We Can Help

Common refrigerator issues don’t necessarily point to one culprit. That’s why it’s important for a licensed and skilled repair technician to diagnose the problem accurately. If you need to schedule repair service for your refrigerators and freezers, contact OB Appliance Repair in Bensalem, PA. We offer quality service and same-day repairs.