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What to Know About Repairing a Broken Refrigerator

Your refrigerator keeps your food cold and safe to eat on a daily basis. In most homes, this appliance is used multiple times a day by members of the entire family. While refrigerators are built to be reliable, eventually repairs will be necessary. You probably don't give your refrigerator much thought on a day to day basis. However, a malfunctioning refrigerator can be a hassle. Not only can food spoil, but a broken refrigerator can also make it much more difficult to prepare food. If you have a broken refrigerator, here are three things to know about repair.

Signs Your Refrigerator Needs Repairs

Of course one of the obvious signs that your refrigerator needs repair is that it is not cooling any longer. However, there are other, less obvious signs that may indicate trouble. A few signs to look out for include the development of condensation or frost, a motor that it's constantly running, and a hot-to-the-touch back panel. Other signs that there's a problem include strange sounds and smells coming from your refrigerator. If you notice any of these signs, it's time to call in an appliance service professional. 

Reasons Why Your Refrigerator Is Broken

When it comes to problems with your refrigerator there are a few components that are often the culprits. If the temperature inside your refrigerator is too warm and cannot be adjusted, the compressor is often to blame. Other issues may include a malfunctioning thermostat, defrost timer, or relay. If there is a buildup of frost, chances are the evaporator coils are to blame and need to be replaced. Underneath most refrigerators are cooling coils and a cooling fan. If dirt and debris build-up, it can cause your refrigerator to malfunction. While you may be able to troubleshoot some of these issues yourself, in many cases it's best to call in a professional.

How Much Repairs Cost

The cost of refrigerator repair will vary depending on the components that require repair and also the make and model of your refrigerator. Some models are more expensive to repair than others. On average refrigerator repair ranges between $200 and $400. Repairs can help extend the lifespan of your current refrigerator. However, if it is over 15 years old, replacement may be more cost-effective than repairs.

If your refrigerator is no longer working, there are a few things to know about repairs. For more information, contact appliance services such as D& S  Appliance.