The refrigerator is certainly a must-have kitchen appliance in every household. It lowers our chances of getting foodborne illnesses by keeping our food fresh and safe for consumption. Many homeowners might assume that as long as their refrigerator is emitting cold air inside, there isn’t much to worry about. However, any appliances would face wear and tear and would require regular repair and maintenance to maintain its efficiency. Well, what are the warning signs of a refrigerator that needs a repair as soon as possible?
1.Frost buildup / Condensation
Frost buildup is normal for a functioning refrigerator with a freezer but thick layers of ice should be a matter of concern as it can reduce the energy efficiency of the appliance which can lead to an increase in your electricity bill.
2.There’s a spike in electricity bills
Inefficient electrical appliances are often the root cause of a spiking electricity bill. If your electricity bills are increasing with usual consumption, it’s important to have a professional check on your compressor appliances such as refrigerators or air conditioners for professional diagnosis and suggestion before it causes more wear and tear or rise in your bills.
3.It’s loud and noisy
Occasional low humming noises from your fridge are normal. However, if it starts making consistent loud and buzzing noises that disturbs your daily life, it is most likely due to any internal loose components that would need a trained expert to assist in diagnosing and resolving this issue.
4.Your food is spoiling quicker than usual
It is optimal to keep its temperature at or below 4° C to keep food fresh and safe for consumption. If your food is spoiling prematurely or your butter gets soft in the fridge, it may indicate a malfunction that caused your refrigerator to not maintain its optimal temperature.
Food is a huge part of our lives and culture, especially for the upcoming Chinese New Year season where its all about food and fondness. If your refrigerator is showing any signs of malfunctioning, then it may be time for professional maintenance and repair before it jeopardizes your food safety.