Weird noises, dipping and rising temperatures, unusual frosting—is your refrigerator creeping you out with such strange behaviour? Could it be because it’s haunted refrigerator day this 30th or is your fridge really busted?

A refrigerator is that one gadget in your kitchen that solemnly stays put in its place without much fuss. It also happens to be one of the most vital necessities in your home that’s been around for years. So, when this trusted gadget starts acting out, you need to start taking things seriously. Depending on these signs, you’ll be able to decide if it could do with a little TLC or it’s just way past that. Here are a few tell-tale signs you need to let go of your refrigerator.

Your food is getting bad often

The most obvious sign of a dysfunctional refrigerator is that your food begins to smell bad and gets spoiled days before it usually does. This means that the cooling system isn’t working well. You will also notice that drink cans and bottles are no longer getting cold like before. Any fridge that takes longer to cool or can’t maintain steady temperature ends up using a lot of energy. So not only is your food going to waste but you’re also spending more on the electricity bills

It’s turning into an ice land

The freezer is supposed to freeze the food and your fridge is supposed to keep it cool. However, if you see either or both turn into a winter wonderland with icicle build-up, consider it a warning side. One of the reasons for this could be a faulty rubber seal that’s letting the heat in. If not that then prepare yourself for something worse.

Also Read: Checklist: Things That Really Matter When Buying a Refrigerator

The motor is running hotter than usual

If you put your hand against the back of your refrigerator, you will feel some amount of heat but if you feel it’s excessively hot, it’s a sign something is not right. There are coils in the back of your fridge that are insulated and keep it from overheating. When these coils wither away, the refrigerator get hotter than usual. One way to solve this is to replace the coils, however if you notice other warning signs too, then it might be time to consider replacing the whole refrigerator.

Its already way past a decade old

Most refrigerators have a lifespan of 10 to 15 years. The older the refrigerator, the more expensive will its repair costs get. If your refrigerator is old and exhibits all or most of the above mentioned signs, you might as well buy a new replacement instead of spending all the money repairing the old ice box.

Once you’ve made up your mind to buy a new refrigerator, here’s what to need to know when buying it.

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