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Be Aware of the Signs Your Refrigerator Might Need a Repair

fridge repairModern refrigerators are engineered to last for more than a decade. However, even the best units will require servicing at some point. Here are five signs you need fridge repair:

1. Water on the Floor

When dealing with a leaky refrigerator, don’t be surprised to discover puddles on the floor. This is a problem that needs to be fixed as soon as possible. You definitely don’t want any water damage to occur. The cause of the leaking can stem from a few different issues, including a worn door seal and a clogged drain tube.

2. Spoiled Food

Prematurely spoiled food is one of the most obvious signs a fridge repair is necessary. Although you may need to simply adjust the thermostat, your refrigerator more likely has a mechanical problem. In order to prevent spoiling, the food needs to be kept at a temperature of around 40 °F. To prevent wasting money, have the refrigerator inspected by a local licensed professional.

3. Strange Noises

Refrigerators naturally have a low hum. However, take notice of any strange noises. If you start to hear a tapping or growling sound, this indicates the need for fridge repair. A defective blower motor is a common cause of loud chatter. Failing to act will only lead to an even bigger headache. You want to prevent the blower motor from completely burning out.

4. Mold and Mildew

The presence of mold and mildew is a bad sign. Not only does mold cause your refrigerator to have a bad odor, but it can also trigger allergy symptoms. Contrary to common belief, mold isn’t just caused by expired food. If the rubber seals around the doors aren’t in good condition, mildew will creep inside the refrigerator.

5. Increased Energy Consumption

Many people tend to blame their higher electrical bills on other home appliances, especially the air conditioner. However, a poorly performing refrigerator can also drain more energy. If you happen to notice other signs like odd noises and warmer temperatures, there’s an even greater chance your refrigerator is the culprit. While your refrigerator may seem to be on its last leg, simple repairs can give it a new life. Routine refrigerator maintenance, such as cleaning the condenser coils, will save you even more money in the long run.

Have you noticed any of these issues? Reach out to Dave’s Appliance Service as soon as you can by calling (262) 253-2200. We will let you know what to expect and how you should proceed. Ask us about our repair specials. Senior Discount: Seniors ALWAYS receive $13 off any repair service.


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  • CHECK for a blown fuse
  • CHECK that the appliance is plugged in
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