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Three Routine Checks To Make Sure Your Fridge Is Running Smoothly

You may have thought that cleaning your fridge regularly is all you need to do to make that it is running smoothly. Indeed, by cleaning your fridge regularly you are more likely to notice if anything is about to go wrong. In fact, regular cleaning and internal wiping may in fact alert you to anything that could go wrong before it actually does.

There are three things that you can do to make sure that your fridge doesn’t suddenly present you with a nasty surprise, when you need it the least. Those three things are listen, look and check.

Listen to your fridge

While your appliances may not speak to you in plain English – yet, they will almost certainly start sounding different when impending trouble is about to appear. Most modern fridges are almost silent although to the trained year there will be a very faint humming from the interior of your fridge. When that humming becomes a distinct buzzing, or even a rattling, it may be time to call the repair engineers.

Older fridges tend to make a louder almost buzzing sound and rattle a little bit too. You will however know the difference between the usual sound emanating from your fridge and any indications that the internal mechanics may be in distress.

Things to look for before calling a repair technician

Before you rush to call the engineers, check a few things out first. Even when an appliance has been moved by only a few centimetres it could be standing on an uneven surface. Check that the feet have been evenly adjusted so that the appliance does not wobble. Appliances that move about even slightly can make the most horrendous noise.

Sometimes when the sides of an appliance touch another appliance there is referred noise. The adjacent appliance may be moving or making a noise that is increased by contact with your fridge.

Look in and around your fridge

When you use an appliance every day, it may seem a little silly to be asked to take a good look at it. After all a fridge may appear to be nothing more than a huge white or silver electrical box. Quite often a problem must be glaringly obvious because we take our surroundings for granted.

If you regularly inspect the seals around the door you will be able to see if they are wearing away or have gaps or holes that can affect the proper functioning. There are also some other tell-tale signs that all may not be well. If the seals are harbouring mould that continues to grow even after they have been thoroughly cleaned, it may a sign that the fridge is not holding the required temperature.

This is something that should be acted upon because food could be going bad before the visible signs of decay set in. Other things to look at that may not seem so obvious include the interior light. You may think that all it needs is a replacement bulb, but if you don’t put a new bulb in, you may be oblivious to a greater electrical problem. By replacing the light bulb, you will become aware of a deeper problem if a new globe doesn’t light up the fridge. This could be a symptom of something else being wrong.

Check the fridge every time you clean your kitchen

Most households will clean their kitchen thoroughly at least once a week or once a fortnight. Use this opportunity to make physical checks to the interior, such as the aforementioned lightbulb. You will also be able to notice condensations that should not be taking place or even blockages in the defrost pathway if the fridge defrosts itself. Often these tell-tale symptoms are hidden by food containers or other items in the fridge. By consciously checking you will be able to establish what maintenance will be required to prevent a call out for a repair technician.

Ensure that the plug is properly insulated. A lot happens in a kitchen and cables can become compromised by the use of sharp kitchen utensils, exposure to water and steam and spilling grease and fat. A major problem at the wall can cause fires and within the fridge motors can be blown because of failure to ensure the electrical components are well protected.

Any gashes or holes in the bodywork could be indicative of damage during a move or while cleaning behind the appliance. Never assume that it is simply another dent. What is behind the dent really matters and it could be a matter of your family’s safety.

What to do if you find something unusual

Should you discover something that you are unsure of the best course of action is to contact your local repair technician. Often a simple phone call will establish whether you will need someone to call. Repair Aid technicians and engineers complete ongoing training during their service and are able to service and repair any make or model of fridge. Furthermore, the company does not apply a call out charge and service is same or next day.

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