Michigan Appliance Repair / Wednesday, September 30, 2020 / Categories: Featured, Refrigerator

How to Save Your Food When Your Refrigerator Breaks

How to Save Your Food When Your Refrigerator Breaks

Refrigerator breakdowns and power outages always seem to happen right after you pack your refrigerator full of groceries. Here are a few simple steps to help you preserve your refrigerated food:

  • 1. Call For ServiceGet in touch with a local appliance service company to schedule a refrigerator repair. The sooner you call, the faster repairs can be completed, and life can return to normal.
  • 2. Get Dry IceHead to Meijer or your local dry ice supplier and purchase approximately 30 pounds of dry ice. Get some paper grocery bags while you’re at it, and always remember to wear insulated gloves while handling dry ice. Wrap about 20 pounds of dry ice in a paper bag and place it on the top shelf in your freezer compartment. Wrap the remaining 10 pounds of dry ice in another paper bag and place it near the bottom of your refrigerator compartment. Keep produce and other refrigerated foods that may be damaged by freezing away from the dry ice.
  • 3. Don't Shut It OffWhen possible, keep your refrigerator plugged in running – the fans will help to circulate the cool air. In some cases, it’s not safe to keep a broken refrigerator plugged in. Unplug your refrigerator immediately if it makes any unusual noises, is hot to the touch, or you notice a burning odor.
  • 4. Keep It ShutAvoid the temptation to constantly check on the contents of your refrigerator. The more often you open the door, the sooner you’ll need to add additional dry ice.
  • 5. Monitor the Temperature Dry ice is not a long-term solution. Within 48 hours, the dry ice will sublime back into carbon dioxide gas and you’ll need to add more if repairs haven’t been completed or your power hasn’t been restored. Use a thermometer to make sure your food remains below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. A digital thermometer with a long reach probe or a Bluetooth thermometer can help you monitor the temperature without opening the door.
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    Thank you for explaining that you should call for service right away if your fridge isn't working. I just noticed that our fridge isn't even on and hasn't been cooling our food for a while now. I'll be sure to make some calls to get this fixed right away.

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