Refrigerator service and repair is typically the last thing on anyone’s mind until the appliance quits working, or experiences a serious problem. Below are five steps to take to minimize the impact until a service technician can help.
Begin Seeking a Repair Technician Immediately
Finding a repair technician with an opening in their day to service your refrigerator can prove difficult. If your freezer or the refrigerated portion of the appliance quits working, begin seeking a technician right away. Getting placed on a waiting list as soon as possible is critical to saving your perishable food items.
Find Alternative Food Storage Solutions or Add Dry Ice
If the wait is only a few hours for service, keep the doors of the refrigerator shut tightly, and your food should be fine. Having to keep items overnight can present problems. The frozen items will begin to thaw. Ask any available family members, friends or neighbors if they have room to keep a few of your more expensive items until your appliance works. Find a store that sells dry ice. It can help keep a freezer cold enough to maintain the integrity of the food as you wait.
Have the Appliance Inspected If It Acts or Sounds Strange
Loud noises are often an indication there is a problem developing with your refrigerator/freezer. It is better to pay a little money to find out if the appliance is in need of repair than waiting for an emergency moment of equipment failure. Clunking noises, a rattling fan, or compressor noises should never be present in a correctly operating refrigerator.
Shut Water Off to Ice Maker If There Is a Leak
Water leaks on the floor that stem from an ice maker problem will need servicing by a technician. Turn the water source off that supplies the refrigerator to stop the leak temporarily. It may be a simple replacement of the water line required, but internal valve problems can cause leaks as well.
Delegate Oversite of Repair
Designate a trusted individual over 18-years of age to stick around for the repair if you are unable to hang around and wait for the technician. It will ensure you get the fastest service possible and a working appliance once again.