The average lifespan of a fridge is somewhere between 14 and 18 years. Sooner or later, older appliances might show signs of more than just wear and tear. If your fridge is making strange noises, spoiling your food, or using excessive energy, it might be time to move on to a newer and safer model.
When Your Food Doesn’t Stay Cold
Ideally, fridges should cool to 3 to 5 degrees Celsius. Temperature fluctuations can sometimes be controlled by a dial adjustment or a thermostat replacement, but soggy lettuce and lukewarm milk despite your best fridge repair efforts probably shouldn’t be ignored. Safe and efficient cooling of food is particularly important during the hot Sydney summer.
This is the Sound of Breaking Down
Have a listen to the sounds your refrigerator is making. A healthy fridge hums when the compressor motor is running and is relatively silent at all other times. If you hear unusual loud noises, the culprit could be one of many things: the compressor motor, condenser fan motor, the evaporator fan motor, the fan blade, or the water inlet valve, for example.
If the compressor motor never seems to switch off, your fridge is working overtime and this may result in motor wear or damage. A constantly running compressor motor will also send your energy bills through the roof.
To see whether these sounds are signs of a worn out unit or whether fridge repair might be possible, consult with a professional.
Whether your unit is a frost-free model or not, a frequent build-up of frost in the fridge or freezer compartments is a sign of inefficient cooling and may signal the end is nigh. If temperature adjustments don’t help, you could consult a fridge repairs specialist or perhaps begin looking at appliance catalogues.
Unusually High Energy Bills
Older model fridges may consume more energy than normal towards the end of the appliance’s life cycle. This could be the result of a faulty thermostat and/or the compressor motor running overtime.
Replacing your fridge might end up saving you money on utility costs in the long run.
Matic Service would be happy to offer advice or a quote for fridge repairs if you live in Sydney. You can contact our appliance repair team at Matic Service on (02) 9709 6188.