Does your refrigerator need a simple maintenance call—or is it time to replace it? This is a question Service America gets from many homeowners. That’s because homeowners know that their refrigerator is built to have a long, happy life. And when it begins to act up, it can be hard to tell when the refrigerator is in need of a tune-up versus when it’s time to bring in a new one. A trusty Service America tech can tell you. But if you’re not ready to call in the experts for help yet, here are a few signs that your refrigerator may need replacing—not fixing.
You can hear it. Our refrigerators are designed to be one of the quietest appliances in the kitchen. This means that you shouldn’t be very aware of it—even though it’s working hard to keep your food from spoiling. Excessive noise, like an ongoing buzz, is a sign that your refrigerator could be nearing the end of its life.
Your food goes bad—fast. Are you noticing that your fruits and vegetables are spoiling more quickly than they used to? Maybe that bottle of wine you placed on the bottom shelf isn’t getting very cold. When your refrigerator is unable to keep your food cold, or to cool food and beverages within a reasonable amount of time, you can bet it’s expending a lot of energy—even if it’s producing poor results. And that’s bad for your wallet as well as your groceries.
Your freezer is...really frozen. We all want our freezers to keep our frozen goods just that—frozen. But the next time you have to chisel away ice to reach your tub of ice cream, take notice. It could mean your refrigerator is on the brink of giving out. If you’re able, take some time to defrost your freezer. Once everything has melted, plug it back in and monitor. If the same thing happens—too much ice—start looking for a new appliance.
Your refrigerator is more than ten years old. Most refrigerators are built to last between 15 and 20 years. However, once a refrigerator reaches age ten, it can start to show some signs of wear and tear. And at some point, the cost of repairs will be higher than the cost of replacing your refrigerator. So if your refrigerator is older than ten and has had more than one service call a year, keep an eye open for refrigerator sales in your area.
It’s giving off too much heat. It’s no secret that a refrigerator motor will be hot, but insulating the coils of your refrigerator should keep it from feeling too hot. However, if you notice excessive heat coming from the back of your fridge, it’s time to call the professionals at Service America—and maybe start thinking about replacing your fridge.