Refrigerators have a number of components that work in unison to ensure smooth operation and performance. But when one part goes bad, it can negatively affect how well everything else works, leading to costly repairs and an untimely demise.
If you can answer yes to one or more of these questions, then it just might be time to replace that stalwart refrigerator of yours.
- Are the items in your refrigerator going bad days before the expiration date?
- Does your refrigerator’s compressor run non-stop?
- Is it producing more heat than your oven?
If your cold storage equipment is experiencing problems, maybe all it needs is some simple commercial refrigerator maintenance. However, knowing the difference between hiccups in performance and a death rattle can save you time and money. Here are some helpful tips to know whether or not you need to replace your refrigerator:
1. The compressor motor does not cycle off and on
One of the most telling signs you need a new refrigerator is that the compressor motor does not shut off. This could mean one of two things: Either the motor itself is defective or your thermostat is faulty. When the thermostat is the culprit, the compressor motor works extra hard to reach a temperature that just isn’t right. While thermostats can be replaced, compressor motors are difficult and expensive to replace or repair. If the compressor is the problem, it may be time to consider whether it is cost effective to replace the compressor or to get a new refrigeration unit.
2. The sealing system is bad
Another reason refrigerator compressor motors burn out is because of faulty sealing, also called the gasket system. This means warm air is getting in and cold air is getting out through a bad door seal. Look for condensation in, on, or around the door frame of your refrigerator. If you can see water drops accumulating, then sealing system might be bad. Repair bad seals immediately as they can lead to bigger problems and costly repairs down the road.
3. Your refrigerator is hot
Like any machine, refrigerators produce a measure of heat. When they produce too much heat, you have a definite problem. A common cause of this is from neglecting to clean the dust off of the condenser coils on the back or bottom of your refrigerator. When the condenser coils are hot, it will also cause your motor to overcompensate, causing even more unintended wear and tear. Be sure to dust your refrigerator’s condensers at least once a month.
4. Your bill is up, your chill is down
Aside from affecting the lifetime of your refrigerator, worn refrigerator compressor motors, bad thermometers and overworked coils can cause your energy bills to increase. When a refrigerator has to work harder to keep your food products cool, they naturally consume more energy than they should. Take a look at your energy costs. If they are steadily increasing without an increase in use, your refrigerator may be the reason.
5. It’s just time for a change
If your refrigerator is over fifteen years old and lacks energy efficiency, it is time for a change. As years go by and technology evolves, parts for older models are hard to come by, increasing the costs of even the simplest of repairs.
And if you are embarrassed that your refrigerator is a color that was last popular in the 1970s, get with the times. With stainless steel designs and models that maximize space, you can own both a stylish and durable appliance that allows you to store more food efficiently.
Outdated, worn-down refrigerators can drain your wallet. Recognizing the symptoms of failing refrigerators will save you time, money and a headache or two. Is it time to start shopping? Check out our huge inventory of commercial refrigeration units in sizes large and small.
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