If you have noticed that the food in your refrigerator is not staying as cold as it should, you may start to suspect that your refrigerator is no longer working properly. If so, look for the following signs that your refrigerator is getting ready to break down and is in need of repairs.
1. Presence of Excess Moisture in the Refrigerated Side
Besides food that is not cool enough, one of the first signs you may notice when your refrigerator is starting to break down is the presence of excess moisture inside the refrigerated compartment. Cardboard packages around certain foods may be saturated, while water builds up on the sides and shelves.
If the condenser is not cycling properly, the slight increase in temperature causes condensation to form. When you introduce cold items to this environment, the condensation buildup gets worse, getting to the point that water pools inside the refrigerator.
Eventually, this excess water will start to run down the inside of the appliance. If you start to find pools of water on the floor underneath and in front of your refrigerator, have a repair person take a look at it as soon as possible.
2. Ice Buildup in the Freezer Compartment
Another sign that your refrigerator is no longer working properly can be easily found when you open the door to the freezer compartment of the unit. You may find excess ice forming on your food products, as well as along the sides of the freezer.
This buildup of ice could be caused by a couple of problems. First, as with the refrigerator, the condenser is no longer keeping the compartment as cold as it should and is causing condensation to form. However, since this section is still below freezing, the condensation turns into ice that builds on the layers already present.
Second, the refrigerator may no longer be able to go through its defrost cycle. When this happens, there is never a period when the freezer automatically melts and gets rid of the excess ice on the walls. Eventually, if the appliance does not break down first, you may wind up with a giant block of ice inside your freezer.
If your refrigerator is showing the above signs, there is a good chance that it may break down at any time, leaving you with spoiled food and wasted money. Before this scenario happens, contact a company like Jensen Appliance & Refrigeration Service and have someone take a look at your refrigerator and discuss with you what needs to be done to fix it.