You probably don’t think about your fridge too much. A quality refrigerator can last for many years without any problems. Still, things do wear out overtime and making sure your refrigerator is properly maintained will keep it running efficiently for years to come. Here are some signs that your refrigerator needs maintenance or repair:
Leaking or excessive condensation
If there is excessive moisture in your fridge, or it starts pooling at the bottom of the appliance or flooding onto the kitchen floor, it is definitely time to call an appliance repair company. Check the rubber sealing around the door for signs of water, mold or mildew. If there is excessive moisture inside or out, you could have a bad seal, need a new gasket or that the temperature setting inside the fridge is not working properly.
Refrigerator feels hot
Like all appliances, a fridge creates a bit of heat when it’s running. If your fridge feels hot to the touch, you might have a problem. Usually, this happens when the dust gets collected on the condenser coils on the bottom or back of your refrigerator. When the condenser coils are hot, the motor has to overcompensate, causing more wear and tear and reducing it’s efficiency. Remember to clean your refrigerator’s condenser coils at least once a month.
Your fridge is more than 10 years old
They just don’t make them like they use to. Appliances from the 1950s and 1960s seemed to last much longer than those made in the 90s. Once a fridge starts showing it’s age, it could plague you with frequent repairs like old condenser coils needing replacement and wear and tear on the fan or fan motor. If you’ve already had a major repair on your old fridge, investing in a new one might save you more costly repairs in the future. Often the cost of a brand new fridge is less than a few visits from an appliance repair company.