All good things must come to an end – including your refrigerator.
The household fridge has an average lifespan of about 10-12 years, and despite your best efforts to keep up on maintenance, the day will eventually come where it has reached the end of its serviceable life. How can you tell when that day comes? Here are a few signs you can look out for:
1.) Your food is spoiling before the expiration date
If you notice that all of your food – no matter what it is or where you buy it from – is going bad before its expiration date, it might be because your refrigerator isn’t cold enough. Turn down the thermostat and purchase a fridge thermometer to monitor the temperature. It should consistently be between 34-38° F.
2). Your refrigerator is constantly cycles on and off
Do you need ear plugs just to step into your kitchen? If your refrigerator is constantly cycling on and off or making an excessive amount of noise, this is a red flag. Some noise is normal, but if you hear clunking or grinding, a replacement may be necessary.
3). Your electricity bill is rapidly increasing
If your electricity bill is getting higher and higher each month, your fridge may be to blame. The average refrigerator accounts for about 10% of a household’s total electricity consumption, but that number could spike if there is a malfunction.
Before you break out your checkbook and head to your local appliance store, it might be worth seeing if your fridge can be fixed first. Often times, you can repair your refrigerator for a fraction of the cost of a new one. Residents of New York can depend on Speedy Subzero for fast, reliable refrigerator repairs. If you live in Long Island or NYC, give us a call to schedule your same-day appointment at 866-782-9376.