When you notice that your fridge is no longer keeping its contents cool, it's time to move quickly. Your first priority should be to call a local appliance repair service and book a house call. Unless you've lucked out, you'll likely have to wait a period of hours -- or, in some cases, a day or two -- until a repair person visits your home. Once you've booked the repair visit, there's no time to simply sit and wait. Performing a series of simple but important tasks can reduce the length of the repair visit, possibly saving you money, and even save the fridge from further damage. Here's what to do.
Relocate Everything From Your Fridge
As the interior of your fridge is no longer cold enough to properly refrigerate your food, it's common sense to find a new home for your perishable items. This means moving your milk, eggs and meat to another fridge in your home, placing suitable items in your deep freeze or even asking a neighbor to store a few things in their fridge for a few days. While some items -- peanut butter, for example -- can withstand living at room temperature, it's still important to empty everything out of the fridge. When the repair person arrives, one of the first things he or she will need to do is access the panel at the rear of the fridge's interior. When the space is empty and clear, it will save time and possibly reduce your repair bill.
Unplug The Fridge
Unplugging the fridge before the repair person arrives is a simple step but it's impossible to understate this step's importance. If the appliance's interior temperature has increased -- perhaps because of a worn-out thermostat -- the condenser motor and fan will continue to run in a futile attempt to lower the temperature. Because this motor is designed to only run in short bursts, it's at a risk of burning out and quickly adding a considerable cost to your repair bill.
Grab Some Towels
Once you've unplugged the fridge, it's time to shift your attention toward the freezer compartment, which will soon begin to rise in temperature. Take some time to relocate your frozen food and then grab some towels and place them in the bottom of the fridge and on the floor in front of the appliance. The rising interior temperature will soon begin the defrosting process, and your towels will sop up the water. Wring them out and replace them as often as necessary until the interior of the freezer is dry. In doing so, you'll save yourself a significant mess.