Refrigerator Care Dos and Don’ts
The refrigerator … We use it every day but often don’t give
it a second thought unless it breaks down. To help save your fridge and the
hundreds of dollars in food it stores, RepairClinic.com shows you how to, and
not to, take care of it.
- Do clean
your condenser coils – twice a year if you can. Dirt and grime can build up
on the coils, forcing your fridge to work harder and run more often. A special
long-handled brush or vacuum
attachment can make this easier to accomplish.
- Do give
your fridge space. If possible, you should leave several inches of space on
the top, sides and back to give the heat it expels room to escape.
- Do let
food cool down before storing it in the refrigerator. Putting hot leftovers
in the fridge can warm up other food stored nearby. Plus it increases the
energy needed to cool it all down.
replace the water filter on your fridge every six months or so with a genuine
water filter. Click
here to see why you should always use genuine filters.
ignore your gasket/door seal. The gasket is what keeps the warm air out and
the cold air in. Periodically check it for wear and tears. Clean it
periodically with a universal cleaner and replace
the gasket if it’s damaged.
overload shelves, bins or the door. Extra weight in these areas can cause
excessive wear and could cause damage. If the damage is already done, you can
get new bins,
to replace them.
open the door too often. It pays to plan ahead before you open your fridge
door. You let cold air escape every time you open it, so try retrieving a few
things with each open to help save money and energy.
- Don’t let
your fridge get smelly! Cleaning out old food every week can help with
this. So can using a deodorizer
that’s made specifically for refrigerators – they can be up to 50 times
more effective than baking soda.
Taking good care of your refrigerator definitely pays off in
the long run – a new one can cost hundreds to thousands of dollars. Don’t miss
Repair Help page if you’re having problems with your fridge. You can also click
here for a useful refrigerator maintenance tips to walk you through
everything you need to do to keep it running smoothly.
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