Is it Time to Replace your Refrigerator?
A refrigerator is one of the appliances that can last for several years. However, even the highest quality and most reliable fridges will need to be replaced at some point in time. Your fridge always needs to be in the best working condition at all times in order to keep your food products fresh. Here are a few signs that indicate it’s time to upgrade to a new fridge.
- Food spoiling rapidly
When food starts spoiling faster than usual or the fridge takes longer to cool a bottle of your favorite drink, it can be a sign that the fridge is about to break down. The appliance could be consuming more energy than necessary, and this may increase your energy bills as well as waste your money on food that goes bad. In such a case, the thermostat may not be functioning, or the condenser coils could be dirty. However, if this keeps recurring, you need an upgrade.
- Extreme condensation
The fridge might be not cooling properly resulting in ‘sweating’. If excess condensation is forming on the fridge it means that the fridge is working too hard or the temperature is improperly regulated. If this happens, look for mildew, mold or water leakage around the rubber sealing of the fridge.
- Motor running continuously
A continuously running motor is an indication of an underlying problem. When temperatures in the refrigeration increase above the set levels, the motor usually turn on to lower the temperature. However, if the motor does not turn off and continues to run, it may be faulty, or the fridge may not be maintaining temperature.
Appliances aren’t meant to last forever. Refrigerators generally last about 15- 20 years. You may be spending more on repairs rather than if you organized to acquire a new one. An old fridge is also less energy efficient which may lead to higher energy bills. If you can’t remember the last time you replaced your fridge, it might be time to invest in a new one. Newer energy star models are also more energy efficient.
While all these signs may indicate the end of your refrigerator, there may still be a possibility to extend its life. At Nationwide Repairs, we always want what best for you. Our experienced technicians can help you determine if it’s worth repairing your fridge or if it’s better to buy a new one.