Diagnosing Common Refrigerator Issues

Over time, your appliances get worn down from repeated use. This is especially the case for refrigerators. Not only are they constantly running, but they are used frequently throughout the day, every day.

Top 3 Common Refrigerator Issues

The decline in performance is often subtle and it’s easy to miss the early signs of refrigerator problems until there is a major failure. Here are signs to look for that might indicate it is time to have your refrigerator repair serviced by a professional technician:

#1. Inconsistent Temperatures

The optimum temperature for a refrigerator is 37 degrees and 0 degrees for a freezer. The temperature should be consistent throughout both sections. If a refrigerator has difficulty maintaining temperature, it could be a sign your refrigerator needs repair. Anything from dry rotted door seals or a failing cooling element could be the cause. Higher than desired temperatures are especially problematic because it drastically reduces shelf-life of food and can encourage harmful and potentially dangerous bacteria growth.

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#2. Poor Energy Efficiency

An increase in public awareness, as well as tougher state and federal standards, have made refrigerator units increasingly energy-efficient. Over time, the cost to operate will increase as the mechanical workings lose their efficiency. Routine service can help, but a qualified technician will also know the latest standards in energy efficiency and can help you decide when it is time to purchase a new unit.

#3. Noisy Refrigerator

All refrigerators have some humming or whirring noises as a result of the compressor working to regulate temperatures. A louder-than-usual compressor is a sign of stress on the component. It’s best to get it serviced before it stops working, leaving you with a refrigerator full of warm food.

If you’ve never had your refrigerator serviced, or you are experiencing one of the above problems, contact Dave Smith Appliance to schedule your refrigerator repair appointment today. Our certified technicians perform dependable appliance repairs that will extend the life of your refrigerator.