Maintenance Tips for your Refrigerator
With a preventative maintenance plan for your refrigerator, you could avoid repairs that could be costly. With preventative maintenance, your refrigerator can have a healthy and longer lifespan. These 5 easy maintenance tips for your refrigerator are simple enough, you can do them yourself, or hire a pro.
- Check the door seals
A loose seal allows cool air to get inside which will waste energy. This will cause your fridge to work harder than it needs to; don’t allow this, it can be costly while at the same time damaging other components of your fridge. Ensure the door is sealed. Also, clean around the seals so as to get any food out.
TIP: This should be done bi-annually. A real deep clean will prevent food hardening, dry spills, and worse yet, bugs and insects migrating to the area. The dollar-bill test is suggested by “closing the bill in the door, half in and half out, then if it pulls out quickly, the seals need replacing, therefore, call a professional refrigerator technician to do this for you if you’ve never replaced seals in your fridge.
- Leaky bottoms; Locate the drain pan
If you see water flowing from the bottom of the fridge and you can hear a buzzing sound or humming, then it could be something overworking. Does this mean it’s broken? There could be something that’s making it leak at the bottom of the fridge. When you move it from the wall and unplug it, a blocked defrost drain can be the leaky problem. Unsanitary water underneath the refrigerator can damage floors also.
TIP: Unplug the fridge. Look to see if you can find the “self-defrosting” drain, then locate the pan. It’s usually going to be at the bottom of the fridge. Follow a tube or channel which should direct you to it. You could make it easier by looking it up in the manufacturer’s guide. Check online if you don’t have the manufacturer’s manual with the brand/model number.
- Keep coils cleaned
Condenser coils are going to wear and tear over time. They become dusty. These should be clean bi-annually. If not, it won’t run smoothly. When you move the fridge from your kitchen wall, you’ll see those coils in the back of it. You may want to get a professional tech for this task if you’ve never cleaned refrigerator coils.
TIP: The grille could be snapped off. Sometimes they’re at the front bottom of the fridge. Unplug the fridge, and with the brush attachment, it should have, clean the coils by brushing off dust and dirt from the grille.
- Be prepared; power outages
There’s going to be a time when things are just uncontrollable such as power outages. Food is protected for approximately 4 hours. It’ll be okay for 48 hours if the refrigerator is full. If it’s half full, then it’ll be okay for 24 hours.
TIP: All in all, keep the doors closed. With what’s left of the cool air inside the refrigerator, therefore, don’t open and close it regularly.
- Fill up your refrigerator
Professional technicians that work on refrigerators for a living suggest having the refrigerator filled. It’s called “thermal mass” which maintains the low temps. Foods and drinks stay cool because they help absorb warm air; that air is what comes in when opening and closing the door.
TIP: If you eat out regularly and you don’t fill it with food, then put filled gallons of water in there to take its place. Now and then, some people tend to get in those “going out to eat modes,” if you fall prey to it, don’t neglect your fridge. Remember, filling it up helps the
thermal mass element to your refrigerator’s interior thereby helping its longevity.
If you want to prevent costly new refrigerators, attempt to maintain it as much as possible by cleaning it, filling it, and checking for leaks,…to name a few. Call a pro to diagnose any problems that can arise by having him check for potential problems that can arise in the future. Without your fridge, your food becomes spoiled within days. In fact, you don’t want to cause anyone to get sick in your household. This is one of the most ‘power-intensive’ tools your household will use next to the T.V.
Finally, your headaches will soon melt away when you maintain your refrigerator from damage and noncompliant. Trust the experience, knowledge, and workmanship of a professional refrigerator technician if you feel you aren’t able to do it yourself. Maybe you can learn a thing or two that can be troubleshot the next time your refrigerator needs to be diagnosed.
(Source: http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/home-improvement/maintenance-repairs/refrigerator-maintenance/, retrieved on Jan. 27, 2016 from www.realsimple.com/)