As seasoned refrigerator repair pros, we’ve seen what can happen to appliances during power surges, episodes of electrical problems and outages. Sometimes the refrigerators will need to be replaced. Other times, they can be repaired. Regardless of the scenario, there is usually one question that the majority of refrigerator owners ask in such instances. The question is, “how long will my refrigerated foods remain safe in the San Antonio heat?”
Unfortunately, the answer to that question is not always cut and dry. According to the FDA, refrigerated foods, in general, need to be kept at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or less. So the timeline depends on how long a refrigerator’s owner can maintain that temperature during a power outage. Once the temperature dips below that benchmark, the foods typically go bad rather quickly. In some instances, it may take as little as two hours.
In addition, the type of food involved and its condition can also play a role in such scenarios. For example, fresh, unaltered, in-shell eggs may last up to 5 weeks in a fully operational refrigerator. Hard boiled eggs, on the other hand, tend to only last a week under optimal conditions. Therefore, hard boiled eggs are apt to spoil faster during a blackout than fresh, uncooked ones. Similar assumptions may be made about other foods as well.
At this point you may be wondering why temperatures play a role in your refrigerated foods’ lifespan. Essentially, it all boils down to bacteria growth. In order to thrive, it needs a certain kind of environment. Take the dreaded E. coli O157:H7 as a prime example. When the refrigerator’s internal temperature is between 46 and 120 degrees Fahrenheit, it tends to flourish on select foods. During the cooking process, when temperatures exceed 158 degrees Fahrenheit, the bacteria tend to die off. Other bacteria may respond well in different circumstances.
The good news is our SoBellas Home Services’ appliance repair pros can help repair home owners’ refrigerators in no time. That’s because we keep our trucks and warehouses stocked with refrigerator parts. In addition, we offer same day refrigerator repair service calls. To learn more about our refrigerator repair services, please call (800) 617-6235.