Most Common Reasons for Your Refrigerator to Malfunction
A refrigerator is undoubtedly one of the most used pieces of equipment in your house. In modern times living without a refrigerator is unthinkable. Any normal house hold with an operational kitchen cannot simply do without a refrigerator. Think about the enormous chunks of food and eatables that your refrigerator can hold for days without going stale. The benefits driven from a refrigerator often go unnoticed as most of us take this piece of machinery for granted. It is only when a refrigerator fails to function when you come to realize its essentiality. I am not saying that you don’t find a refrigerator useful when its working properly, all I and trying to convey is that you only get to realize how useful a product it is when its services are no longer there to be utilized.
Like any other equipment refrigerators also may fail to function at times, here are a few common reasons that might cause your refrigerator to break down.
You may have noticed that refrigerator manuals often have instructions regarding the free running of your unit for the first few hours (or the time specified in the manual) after you plug in a new unit. What does that mean? You see, the new unit although it must have been tested for all functionalities in the manufacturing facility is still raw for handling a full load of stuff. So running idle for a few hours makes the refrigerator ready for taking on a capacity load. So if you are thinking of getting a new refrigerator do keep this in mind and avoid the risk of refrigerator repair early on.
Refrigerators are built to bear specified quantity of food to be stored in them (refer to user manual). The problem arises when you over stuff them. It puts extra load on the compressor motor and as a result your refrigerator compressor may break down causing you a lot of botheration and of course some costly refrigerator repair especially if the unit is past the warranty period.
If you own an old refrigerator it is more prone to breaking down. Just like any other piece of machinery refrigerators too tend to slack on performance over longer periods of time.
Another common reason that may cause your refrigerator to stop functioning is frayed cabling. This is probably the easiest of refrigerator related problems once the location of the faulty cabling is identified.
Sometimes the refrigerant or the cooling agent used in refrigerators leaks and your refrigerator just stops cooling. The only solution to this problem is to get a professional refrigerator repair service to plug the leak and refill the refrigerant according to your unit’s standard.
Compressor motor issue
Compressor motors tend to break down mainly due to two reasons firstly in case your refrigerator is too old and the motor has probably ended its useful life, secondly the compressor motor may become over heated in case of heavy usage (due to over stuffing as discussed earlier) and stop functioning.