If you have opened your refrigerator and you don't feel like the items inside are cold, or that the air is as cold as it should be, the problem could be the air compressor. There are many different components that could be faulty on the appliance, but a compressor is often a unit that goes bad and needs repair. Here are some of the things to know when you are worried that the compressor is a problem, and signs that indicate there is a problem with the appliances air compressor.

Breaker Check

The first thing you want to do is check the breaker to see if the unit blew a fuse. Also, make sure that the unit is plugged in. It may seem like this would be something you would notice, but if you can't easily see behind the appliance or if nothing else is on the breaker, these could very possibly be the problems that you are having.

No Noises

When the refrigerator is running and kicking the fan on and off, this means that the compressor is functioning as it needs to. If you listen and don't hear the unit running for an extended period of time, and don't hear the fan blowing, this probably indicates that the compressor needs to be looked at or replaced.

Replacement Expectations

There are some important factors to take into consideration when you call an appliance repair professional to come look at the refrigerator. You want to find out what the cost of parts and labor will be one the professional comes up with a diagnosis for the unit.

After that, decide if you want to invest the money to repair the unit that you have, or if the refrigeration expert thinks you may be better off replacing it. If the rest of the unit is in good condition, then fixing the compressor and using the unit longer may be the most affordable and practical option. 

There are a lot of different problems and issues that can happen with a refrigerator, but if you don't know how long it has been warm inside the unit, or how long it has been since cold air was flowing, clean it out. Don't eat the food or condiments if you don't know how long they have been without proper refrigeration. Get a professional inspection and opinion and then determine what you want to do with the unit.

To learn more, contact a company like Custom Heating &  Air Conditioning LLC