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5 Signs a Refrigerator Is Dying

Man Repairing Refrigerator

Refrigerators generally last a long time. However, there are a few common signs that your refrigerator is dying.

Once your refrigerator starts dying, it is important to replace it as soon as possible. Storing food in an inefficient refrigerator will result in wasted food and higher energy bills.

This article will cover how to tell whether your refrigerator is dying.


Signs Your Refrigerator Is Dying

Not everything wrong with your refrigerator indicates that the appliance needs replacing. Some issues can be resolved by replacing certain parts. After all, repairing a refrigerator is often more affordable than replacing it.

These common signs can help you decide when your refrigerator needs replacing.

1. Food Is Going Bad Quickly

One of the common signs that your refrigerator is dying is the inability of the contents to stay cold. If you notice that your food is starting to spoil much faster than it used to, then that is a sign that something is wrong with the fridge. Check if food spoils before the expiration date or if certain items, such as beverages, never seem to get cold, no matter how long you put them in the fridge.

If your food is going bad quicker, it’s likely because your fridge can no longer maintain the correct temperature. Sometimes you can repair this, particularly if it’s a problem with the thermostat or motor. However, consistent temperature issues indicate that the fridge needs replacing.

2. Constant Loud Noises

Some noises are normal when your fridge is running. After all, there are many moving parts, from the motor to the compressor. However, if your fridge constantly omits loud noises, such as knocking or clicking noise, it’s likely a sign that something could be wrong with the internal components, which often cost more to replace than the fridge itself.

3. Condensation Build Up

If you notice dewy droplets on your fridge door or along the walls, that is a sign the fridge is dying. Condensation only forms when there is no barrier between hot and cold air. However, fixing condensation is sometimes as simple as replacing the door gasket or seal. 

However, if the problem persists, consider replacing your fridge, as condensation build-up could lead to mildew, thus ruining your food.

Condensation In Fridge
condensation along back wall of the refrigerator

4. Excessive Heat from the Motor

If your motor is not running correctly, it will generate more heat than usual. One way to check if this is happening is to observe the temperature in the kitchen and see if it’s hotter than usual. Place your hand near the motor and see if you can feel excessive heat.

Overheating condenser coils is another sign that your fridge is not as efficient as it once was.

5. Your Fridge Has Passed an Average Life Expectancy (10 Years)

Fridges have expiration dates just like food. The expiration date is not just because manufacturers want you to buy a new fridge but because the parts, such as the motor, are less efficient and more prone to breaking down.

That doesn’t mean you have to replace your fridge ten years after you bought it if it’s working fine.


Many common fridge problems are repairable. However, if you find that your food is spoiling quicker, makes loud noises, builds up condensation, or has overheating parts, it’s a sign that your refrigerator is dying. Therefore, don’t waste your money on repairs; get a replacement instead.

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