Especially when it's working overtime to keep your food fresh and your beverages cool. Ignoring signs that your fridge may be struggling can lead to significant issues down the line. In this brief, we will outline five key warning signs to watch out for, including noises, temperature fluctuations, and the potential opportunity costs of procrastinating on servicing or purchasing a new fridge.
1. UNUSUAL NOISES
Scraping sounds: Or a constant, loud humming or buzzing noise can indicate that the compressor is working harder than usual. Causes may be due to a leak or a failing fan motor.
2. TEMPERATURE FLUCTUATIONS
Warm Spots: If you notice certain areas of your fridge or freezer aren't as cold as they should be, it's a sign of temperature inconsistency.
Frequent Cycling: The fridge turning on and off frequently could indicate a malfunctioning thermostat or compressor.
3. EXCESSIVE CONDENSATION
Moisture Buildup: If you notice excessive condensation or moisture inside your fridge, it may not be sealing properly. This can lead to energy wastage and temperature fluctuations.
4. SPOILED FOOD AND HIGH ENERGY BILLS
Food Spoilage: Frequent instances of food going bad before their expiration dates may be a result of inadequate cooling.
High Energy Bills: A poorly functioning fridge can consume more energy, leading to unexpectedly high electricity bills
5. AGING APPLIANCE AND OPPORTUNITY COSTS
Older Than 10 Years: If your refrigerator is more than a decade old, it's likely less energy-efficient and more prone to breakdowns.
Recognizing these warning signs and addressing them promptly can save you money, prevent food spoilage and ensure you have a reliable refrigerator during the hot summer months. Don't wait until it's too late!