2610, 2016
What to do when your fridge stops working

What to do when your fridge stops working

Your refrigerator is arguably the most important appliance in your home. Proper fridge maintenance is essential for ensuring a long-lasting functionality for the appliance. In case your fridge stops running, it will lead to a number of problems. Firstly, your food could spoil if you don’t get the problem fixed soon. Secondly, if you have a fridge and freezer combo, then the unit could start to defrost, and you’ll end up with a puddle of water on the floor. So, if you notice that your fridge is not working, here are some things to do:

Check the Power

Firstly, if you notice that your fridge is not running, check the power in your home. If the electricity is on, you might want to check the plug as well. You can do this by plugging your fridge into another outlet or, if the cable doesn’t reach, plug another small device in that plug to test it. If you test the current plug with a hair dryer or lamp and they don’t work, then it’s quite possible that your plug is faulty. In this case, run an extension cable from a different plug and connect it to your fridge. If the plug is not to blame, then you will need to follow a few more steps.

Check the light in the fridge

When you open your fridge, check to see if the light turns on. You will need to gather as much information regarding the problem before you continue to follow the next step. Checking the lights and the thermostat should be part of your frequent fridge maintenance routine.

Call an expert

Call your local appliance repair experts and make an appointment for them to come out. You will need to provide them with various information regarding the appliance along with a description of the problem. Keep your refrigerator manuals and relevant documentation handy in case they ask for information such as the model number or a serial number. This will ensure that they bring the right parts along in order to perform the repairs immediately.

Keep the fridge closed

Most important of all is to keep your fridge closed! Your fridge is designed to keep the cold in and the heat out. The exterior casing is insulated in just the right way so that your food won’t spoil immediately if the power is out for several hours. That said, if you open your fridge constantly during this time, it will allow heat in, and the temperature inside your fridge will increase faster than it would otherwise. Keep your food as cold as possible by keeping that door shut! If need be, place some tape to keep the door shut and maybe even a note on the door as a reminder.

Take care of dripping water

If you have a fridge-freezer combo, arrange towels or newspapers around the bottom of the fridge to absorb water. Move any other items like rugs or other furniture away from your fridge if possible to avoid water damage.

Continue with fridge maintenance

Try to do everything to avoid another costly breakdown. Defrost your fridge every 6 months and clean it properly. Make sure you don’t accidentally leave the doors open because that puts an unnecessary strain on the appliance.

At Express Appliance Repair, we understand just how important it is to have a fully functional fridge.