Refrigerator

5 Signs that Your Refrigerator is Broken

»Posted by on Jul 22, 2018 in Refrigerator | 0 comments

A refrigerator is an important appliance in your kitchen. It’s where you get to store your food, you just check it if you need something. You don’t have to always run to the store whenever you buy some goods. However, just like any other appliances, it breaks down too. The problem is, not all of us is aware of the signs that it needs to be repaired.  

Refrigerator 

The fridge typically cycles on and off to maintain a set temperature inside and its freezer compartments. If it’s cycled off, we assume that it’s just the regular thing without checking the changes in temperature inside. There are other signs of a fridge malfunction, and you have to call a refrigeration repairman to check it up.  

Frost Buildup 

The frost can build up around the evaporator coils of the fridge. Once it does, it will cause a temperature fluctuation inside. The thing is, you cannot access the coils without removing the back panels first. Fortunately, you can tell if there’s a frost buildup around the coils by looking for ice on the walls, ceilings or floor of the freezer. Remember, once the coil fails it will result to a broken fridge.  

Not Functioning 

One of the obvious signs that your fridge is not working well is when it doesn’t work. If the freezer is defrosting or the foods you put are warm, that’s a sign that things are not going well inside the fridge. Check for power lights on the ice dispenser. Check the lights inside. Make sure it receives enough power. Check the fuse or the circuit breaker that powers the electrical outlet for the fridge.  

Malfunctioning Compressor 

Another sign that the fridge is having troubles is when its compressor is not working well. You can check it out by locating the compressor. It’s mostly on the back bottom of the fridge. Listen closely is a motor is running or if you hear a sound of humming. If the motor is fine but the temperature inside the appliance, it means other things are broken and adjusting the thermostat won’t do much. It means the defrost timer or the compressor needs replacement.  

Dirty Condenser 

Remember how an old AC unit produces warm air even if it uses high level of energy? It can be traced back to dirty filters, coils or condenser. The fridge works the same way too. Underneath it is a set of cooling coils. If these coils are dirty, they can cause issues with the operation of the fridge. You can clean them on your own. Just remove the front kickplate located at the bottom of the fridge. Unplug the appliance first before you vacuum the fan, coil and compressor. It this doesn’t work, your fridge is really broken.  

Excessive Condensation 

If the fridge looks sweating, it’s a sign that it’s not cooling properly. If you notice this, check the rubber sealing around its door and see if there are signs of mold or water droplets. And if the excessive condensation happens inside the fridge, it means the temperature setting isn’t working as it should. If this continues for a long time, the foods you stored might get spoiled.  

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