Refrigerator is the heart of your kitchen and your household depends on it. New or old you expect them to keep working efficiently for many years to come. For these expectations to come true your refrigerator needs care. It can last longer and keep your food cold if you follow refrigerator maintenance and operating tips. Here is what you need to do.
Clean the Condenser Coils
Condenser coils take the warm air out of your refrigerator and freezer and keeps your food cold. You can find them either underneath or behind the refrigerator. After some time you will find dust and food particles attached to surface of coils. The refrigerator then works extra to function properly which reduces its efficiency. Ultimately it wears out and asks for expensive repairs. It is a common problem with an easy solution.
It’s quite an easy refrigerator maintenance step and you can clean the condenser coils yourself. To have a look at the coils pull your fridge away from the wall or take out the frame at the bottom. If needed, clean the coils with a brush long enough to reach the corners then vacuum the dust away. Do it every six months to increase the efficient working life of your refrigerator.
Check the Rubber Door Gasket
You must have seen a rubber around the door of refrigerator. It helps maintain a tight seal and keep the cold air inside the refrigerator and freezer. The rubber door gasket collects dust particles and wears out over time. In this situation the warmer air easily gets into the fridge and affects the cooling. The refrigerator now works harder to cool down the extra heat. This reduces efficiency of your fridge and it wears out faster. And Yes! It also means higher energy bills.
To keep the door gasket in good working condition for longer time, clean it periodically with an all-purpose cleaner. If you feel the gasket is losing its strength, conduct the dollar bill test. Shut refrigerator door on a dollar bill and try pulling it out. If it comes out easily then you have a faulty gasket. Refrigerator repair experts at Appliance-Guru can replace your refrigerator gasket in no time.
Defrost the Refrigerator
Over time frost starts collecting on the coils inside the refrigerator affecting its efficiency and making it work harder. Problem of refrigerator not cooling occurs and temperature maintenance becomes a difficulty. This may spoil your food and waste your money. It is a common problem in hot and humid climates. This problem is resolved in newer refrigerator models as they auto defrost themselves.
However, not everyone has a new appliance. If your refrigerator model is a little older one then be prepared to see frost build ups inside your fridge. When this accumulation becomes half an inch thick it shows it’s time to defrost the refrigerator. Plug it out or turn the thermostat off, take out all the food, leave the door open and let the ice melt. To keep your floor clean chip off the ice as it melts and put it in the sink. Return the temperature to normal and put all the food back in when the ice has completely melted.
For more refrigerator maintenance tips, or to schedule fridge repair, please contact Appliance-Guru. We’ll put your fridge back in shape so it functions efficiently and lasts longer.