The Intermediate Guide to Broken Refrigerators and Saving Your Food

Friday, July 9, 2021
I don't know about you, but it seems to be the 'month of broken down appliances in our house.' Some of my friends and relatives have also complained about their appliances breaking (they don't make 'em like they used to!), especially their refrigerators. So I thought it might be helpful to share this information and these handy references for spotting the signs of a faulty fridge.

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When something happens to your appliances, especially your fridge, it can cause a panic. Watching your food spoil because your fridge is on the fritz is a terrible feeling. Below is a brief overview to help you  spot the signs of a distressed refrigerator, which might help you save your food (and your sanity!) in the long run.  

Common Reasons Why Your Refrigerator Breaks

If you believe something may be wrong with your fridge, you will want to understand the indications it is giving you. Knowing when to repair and when to get a new refrigerator may help you in the long term with not only your food, but your pockets as well!

If you want to repair the fridge yourself or hire a technician, you may want to visit this site to find the right parts or learn how to fix the problem. Below are three common signs that something is wrong. If you attempt to repair it and it still can't be restored, you may consider purchasing a new refrigerator.

  • The fridge isn't running: when it stops running, you can feel that the temperature has lowered and isn't as cold as it used to be. The fan or lights may not be working either, and all these factors can cause food spoilage. 
  • Water is leaking: this can be due to many reasons and can happen inside and outside of the fridge. It occurs when there's damage to the pipes, dispensers, or something is not connected correctly. 
  • Excess condensation: too much condensation on your food or in the fridge could indicate a minor issue. It could occur from dirty coils and fans, damaged seals, or your refrigerator door is just open too long.  
  • If it is time to replace your old fridge, there may be a few things to consider. It's important to know what you need out and the features that are most suitable for your family. To find the best refrigerator, you will want to compare brands, features, and prices. 

How to Save Your Food

There are many food items that are high risk for spoiling in a refrigerator. If they haven't spoiled yet, but you can't save them long enough, you may want to cook some of them or give them away. Certain foods can't be saved, like milk, ice cream or even cheese. If they get warm or you can't keep them in a cooler long enough for when you need to consider repairs or replacements, you need to make confident decisions to let them go. Section off your food items to prioritize them accordingly. You can find alternative ways to cool items or prevent wastage. Coolers and bags of ice will keep things that need to be cold at the correct temperatures. Items with top priority will have to be stacked properly in the cooler or under the ice to preserve them. When your favorite recipes can't be put to use and food goes to waste because of spoilage, it can be upsetting. But signs of a damaged refrigerator can be caught early, and you can act quickly to help save your food and your bank account! 

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