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Your refrigerator stores a large amount of food. From leftovers to drinks to sauces to vegetables, the refrigerator is used to make sure all of these foods don’t spoil or age. Items that can last for weeks in your refrigerator may only last a few hours if left out in the warm air, making the appliance extremely valuable for storing food for later use.
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However, like all appliances, there are sometimes problems that may occur, causing the refrigerator to not work as well as planned. When your refrigerator has problems, all of your foods can suffer, and if you do not know what the problem is it can be difficult to fix.
The Top 5 Common Refrigerator Problems And Solutions
- The refrigerator appears completely off.
- The refrigerator is leaking water.
- Food is spoiling while inside the refrigerator
- There is a considerable smell emanating from the appliance.
- The cooling system does not appear to be working.
Some of these problems are more serious than others, and they can have a variety of different causes.
Refrigerator appears completely off
Refrigerators require plugs, and it is not uncommon for those plugs to simply fall out over time due to the vibrations of walking across the floor. If your fridge is completely off, check the plug. If the plug is fine, check to see if the fridge is still cool. If it is, it may simply be that the light is out giving the refrigerator the appearance of being off. If neither of those are true, the appliance may have broken down.
Refrigerator is leaking
Leaking water from the fridge may be due to the appliance being off, but may also be due to the fridge being very cold on its usual settings, but then the door is left open or hot foods are being placed inside, causing the ice that has built up to melt off. Lowering the cooling setting (from high to medium) will reduce ice buildup and thus reduce leaking.
Food is spoiling
In this case your fridge may not be cool enough. It is usually a good idea to be on at least the medium setting to account for opening and closing the door as well as external warm temperatures.
Smells are coming out
Just because your refrigerator is cool enough doesn’t mean food isn’t going to spoil. Check all corners of the refrigerator for moldy foods and scrub them completely clean. You can also put a baking soda box inside the fridge to soak in the smell.
Smells are coming out
If you have checked everything else, the light is on and the system is set to a medium/cold setting but the fridge appears to still not be working, chances are your refrigerator needs servicing.
There are several different problems that may occur within your refrigerator. If you are not sure what is happening but believe that something is wrong, there is no harm in calling a servicing agent to make sure that your fridge is in working condition. The better you take care of your fridge the longer it will last, so check it often and do not hesitate to ask for help when you need it.
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