Food spoils, if it remains at a temperature that is high enough to allow microorganisms to live and grow on that source of nourishment. That is why a number of foods have to be kept cold. In other words, they need to be refrigerated, when not being used.
Foods do not spoil if they remain unrefrigerated for the amount of time required by cooks and those at the dining table. The temperature of cooked food exceeds the temperature that suits a food-eating microorganism. Only as that temperature gets close to that of a room and then stays there does the threat of spoilage enter the picture.
Your quick thinking can keep a broken fridge from becoming a reason for spoiled food
Quick thinking needs to spur rapid action. The foods needed for the next meal should be removed from the refrigerator, and then the appliance should stay closed. Actually, it should be treated like a cooler. At this point, no one knows for sure why the fridge has stopped working. In order to keep the unknown problem from getting worse, the refrigerator should be unplugged. You will probably have to pull the appliance away from the wall, in order to reach the plug.
Although the refrigerator is closed, it behaves like a cooler. You would not let a cooler stand in the hot sun, if you could help it. You would place it in the shade. Hence, a closed refrigerator needs to be in a cool environment.
If your home is air conditioned, put the air conditioning on high. If the fridge broke during the winter, turn down the heat. Yes, that means that each member of the family will have to wear a sweater. Explain to them why they have to operate in a setting that is lower than the temperature of most rooms.
Call an appliance repair service in San Diego County and learn how soon a technician can come to your home. If you find that you must wait more than a couple hours for the technician’s arrival, then go out and purchase a cooler, along with some ice. Remove those items that are most important to you and your family and put them in the cooler.
Do this while you are waiting
Prepare for the arrival of the technician. Do you know when your fridge stopped working? Write down the time, so that you can tell the person that comes to complete the necessary repairs. Do you know the age of your refrigerator? Is there a way that you can find the manual that came with the appliance? The details in that manual could be of help to the technician that will be showing up in the near future.