A fridge is obviously an important appliance to have in your home. However, when things start to go wrong and it is not keeping things fresh and cool, you should look to having it replaced. Sometimes it more subtle things though than it just not working and to help you spot when you need to do something, we are going to look at some of the signs that your fridge may be heading for the scrapyard.
Food Keeps Going Off Before Reaching The Use By Date
Try to picture the scene, you’ve only just filled your fridge with food within the last couple of days and you bought lots of fresh fruit and vegetables and other products. Everything should be fine. Yet, some things are starting to go bad even though they are still within their use by date. If this happens though, it is a clear sign that something is not right and it could mean that your fridge needs to be replaced or repaired. It could mean one of the following:
- The thermostat is not functioning properly
- There is dust covering the condenser coils
- The condenser coils are too hot because the motor is overworking
Ice And Frost Are Forming On The Fridge Walls
You often have to defrost your freezer, but you probably don’t expect to have to do the same for your fridge. However, you now have a build-up of frost and ice that needs to be dealt with. A fridge should never freeze, but should be cold. So frost and ice that you need to scrape off, is never a good sign. You can expect to have to defrost your fridge occasionally, but if it happens too often, this is not a good sign. If you are unsure and need expert opinion, why not speak to fridge and freezer technicians such as those at ADK.co.uk.
The Light Is On, But It’s Not Making Noise
The hum from your fridge is one of those noises you notice but don’t notice. However, what happens when it does actually stop, even when the power is on and the light is on? A silent fridge is never good news. It could be that the compressor is broken. You could try turning the thermostat to a really low, cold setting and if this doesn’t kick the compressor into gear, it could mean it’s completely dead.
Another way to check is by
- Defrost your fridge
- Switch the fridge off for around 24 hours
- Turn it on again and see if the low humming noise starts again
If the fridge starts working again after trying the above, it could mean that it’s the defrosting system, which can be easily fixed.
Puddles Of Water Around The Fridge
If your fridge has a puddle of water around it, there are a number of reasons why this is not a good thing. Not only does it make the area around it dangerous and slippery leaving a mess that you need to clear up; it also could mean that something is really wrong with it.
It could be one of the following issues-
- The doors aren’t closing shut properly – check the seals aren’t obstructed or worn out
- The drip pan is broken – If you have the right kind of fridge, it’s easy to check if this is a problem by pouring water into it
- Lots of frost built up inside – defrost your fridge regularly but if you are doing it too often, it could be a sign that it’s time to replace
- Hoses from the drip pan to the fridge may be shifted out of place, damaged or loose.
The Freezer Part Is Cold But The Fridge Is Too Warm
A fridge is not cold is not really working as a fridge. Sometimes a fridge can end up being warmer than it should with only the cold air being blown upwards from the freezer part into the fridge compartment (in appropriate models)
If you find that your fridge is too warm, it could mean that the motor fan is broken and not functioning properly. This can be replaced, but if that proves to be too expensive, it may be best just organising a new fridge.
If still unsure, call our refrigeration team and we will be glad to offer you our FREE soft service advice.