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Refrigerator Maintenance

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When it comes to refrigerator maintenance if you think that restocking your unit with food and beverages is the way to go about it, you better keep scrolling until you get the bottom of this guide. A refrigerator is one the appliances in your home that is continuously running, so keeping it in good shape will help to save your money on your repair and energy bills.

Here are some healthy maintenance tips for your refrigerator to practice at home.

Stay leveled. The installation and placement of your refrigerator begins the proper maintenance of your unit. If your refrigerator is not level, this can cause strain on the unit’s motor or cause the doors not to be sealed properly. You can check the level by using a leveling tool on the top or on the shelves of your unit to check the positioning. If possible, adjust the feet on the unit and make sure all sides are equally even.

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Clean the coils. All refrigerators come with coils, most of the time it is not visible because it is either at the bottom or the back of the unit. When the coils are trapped with dirt and dust, they cannot properly release heat. This causes your compressor to work harder and longer, using more energy and thus shortening the lifespan of your fridge. To avoid this you can clean the coils with a coil cleaning brush and vacuum at least 3 times a year to ensure the best performance.

Replace the filters. Have you ever notice a change in the taste of the water or ice that is dispensed from your unit? Kind of tastes like those leftovers you had in there for a while? That is probably because you haven’t thought to change the filtration system in your refrigerator. Keeping the filters changed will not only keep this component of your unit running smoothly, it will also promote better tasting water and ice. To get the best results, consult your owner’s manual for the correct replacement filter and change your filters about every 6 months.

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Check the gaskets. A refrigerator gasket is a flexible strip that is attached to the outer edge of a refrigerator or freezer compartment. Gaskets are designed to form a tight seal that creates a barrier between the cool air inside the appliance and the warm air outside. If the gasket is not sealing well the cold air can escape and use more energy to keep the internal temperature maintained. Look for damages to the gasket and replace immediately. Cleaning the gasket regularly with water and soap is a great way to avoid any buildup of dirt and grime.

Sustain the temperature. Keeping an eye on the temperature in both the refrigerator and freezer of your unit, is important for food safety and operation. The refrigerator compartment of your unit should be somewhere around 35-38 degrees Fahrenheit, while the freezer compartment should be at 0 degrees Fahrenheit. If you are not sure about the internal temperature, you can purchase an inexpensive thermometer at your local hardware store.

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These are only a few of the ways you can maximize your refrigerators lifespan. Even if you perform these tips you must be aware of any other signs that your unit might stop working. Look for signs like;

  • Melted ice or soft ice cream in your freezer
  • Food/beverages seem to be spoiling faster than normal/ not cooling
  • Water leaks from the unit
  • Odd noises

If you notice any of these signs, it is advised that you seek professional help to repair any issues.