Purchasing a refrigerator often requires a substantial investment. Obviously, you want to keep your refrigerator running properly. Regular maintenance of your refrigerator is one way to keep it running longer and more efficiently. There is more you can do to ensure the longevity of your refrigerator. Here are some more tips and tricks to keep your refrigerator running.
- Keep Your Refrigerator at the Best Temperature
While setting your refrigerator’s temperature extra cold seems like a good idea; in the long run, it does more damage to your refrigerator. You don’t want the food in the refrigerator to ice over; that’s what the freezer is for. Extra cold settings actually force your refrigerator to work harder in order to maintain that temperature. Alternatively, setting your refrigerator’s temperature at a warmer setting not only helps your refrigerator last longer, it also saves you money on electricity. Check your owner’s manual for the suggested temperature to keep your appliance in optimal condition. It helps save you money while keeping your food fresh.
- Check the Door Seals
When your refrigerator door stops sealing properly, it leads to a lot of problems. A loose seal allows air to seep out, which, in turn, wastes electricity. More importantly, it forces your refrigerator to work harder in order to maintain the temperature. A simple way to keep your door seals working properly is to clean them. Simply, use a toothbrush and a solution of baking soda and water to clear off any food residue. Just doing this a few times a year will help keep your refrigerator’s door seal tight.
- Clean the Coils
The refrigerator coils are another important aspect to consider when maintaining your refrigerator. Neglecting the maintenance of these coils is one of the main reason that refrigerators fail to cool properly. When the coils get caked with dirt and debris it hinders the refrigerator’s ability to cool correctly. Moreover, when the compressor is dirty it starts to get extremely hot and results in the compressor failing early. To keep your coils running smoothly, take a hand wand vacuum and suck up all the dust and grime surrounding the coils. By doing this twice a year you help your refrigerator last longer.
- Keep the Freezer Full
Most people keep the refrigerator full, but it’s equally important to keep the freeze just as full. Interestingly, keeping your freezer stocked full of frozen goods helps your refrigerator last longer. The more frozen food in the freezer, the less time your refrigerator has to run to maintain the freezer’s temperature. It’s a simple way to help your refrigerator last longer.
Refrigerators are an essential appliance to your household, but you don’t want to have to continuously buy new ones. In order to keep your refrigerator running, keep it at the best temperature, check the door seals, clean the coils, and keep the freezer full. Doc’s Appliance Service can help you maintain your fridge and keep it running. We are trained professionals when it comes to appliances. If you have any questions or need any service repairs for your home’s appliances contact us today at 800-726-7130.