It happens to everyone eventually, and it's never a good day. The day that you get up or walk in your door and the refrigerator has just given up on you. The first thought after this happens is usually panic, but it's time to take a deep breath and get to work. There are several steps you need to take to make the best of the situation.
Limit the Waste
The first thing to do is to try to determine whether or not the food in the fridge is still safe to eat. This depends primarily on how long the fridge has been broken. If you are unlucky enough to have this happen while you are out on vacation, there is likely nothing you can do other than throw the food out and start over. Unless you travel frequently, the chances that this is your situation are slim. More than likely you are discovering this issue a few hours after it occurred. In that case, you can transfer the food to a cooler or even treat your friends to an impromptu feast. The lifespan of the food will be reduced but it needn't go to waste.
Figure Out the Root of the Problem
It is possible that your issue could be as simple as a tripped breaker. Before you jump on the phone to your favorite repair service or head to the store, it pays to check the basics. Ensure that your unit has power and that a water leak isn't causing it to shut off the power as a protective measure. Once you get the basics out of the way, your repair service can determine the cause of the failure
Decide Whether to Repair or Replace
Now that you know why your fridge failed, you are finally ready to decide what to do next. If you have an older unit and were already considering a replacement, then the answer is pretty easy. Beyond that, you should discuss with your repair technician what the cost of repair will be and how much more time that repair will buy you. Even if the repair seems like it will be the most cost-effective way to go, you don't want to go through this process again any time soon.
Dealing with a broken refrigerator is not a fun time, but it doesn't have to be a disaster. As you can see, there is a clear path in dealing with this problem. The sooner you deal with the problem the sooner your life can get back to normal. Contact a business like Sub-Zero Affordable Repair for more guidance.