Refrigerator Care and Maintenance
The Refrigerator is probably one of the most
important Appliances in your house. The Fridge is also
one of the more expensive ones too. So why wouldn't you take
the time to take care of it? I guess if you have more money
than you know what to do with then fine. But for everybody
else in the world, when you refrigerator fails, it can mess your
whole day up.
Below are a few things you can do to extend the life of your
Refrigerator and keep it running Efficiently
Keeping your Condenser Coils Clean and Cool
This is probably one of the more important things to maintain on
your Refrigerator. If the coils get covered in pet hair or
dust, this will cut down on the Energy Efficiency. This will
cause the compressor to run hotter than it normally would with clean
condenser coils. The extra stain on the compressor will
dramatically reduce it's life and cause you a huge headache down the
road. The Condenser Coils are usually located under the Refrigerator
or on the Back of the Refrigerator. Here is a page for
finding and cleaning your Condenser Coils.
Using the Correct Temperature Settings
If the Refrigerator's temperature is set too low, it will have to
run more to cool to a lower temperature. That means, not only
is it going to cost
you more to keep your groceries cold, but now you are adding extra
run time on the compressor that really doesn't need to be there.
Place a thermometer inside the refrigerator compartment. You
want the temperature to be around 37 degrees.
Keeping your Door Gaskents Clean and Operational
It's important to keep your door gaskets clean. If they aren't
kept clean they can stick to the Refrigerator and cause cracks and
tears. If the gaskets are cracked or torn, cold air will
escape. This just adds to the run time and can cause other
Keeping your Freezer Full for Better Efficiency
The more food you have in your Freezer the better your machine will
maintain the proper temperature. There will be less air inside
that warms up when you open the doors. Therefore you
Refrigerator doesn't have to run as long to cool back down to the
Don't Stand there with the Doors Open!!
Every time you open the doors to the refrigerator, warm air gets in
and the cold air comes out. That's a fact. Nothing you
can do about it. But, you can control how long you stand there and
let this happen. Go over to your refrigerator and open the
door and stand there, what happens? It kicks on and has to
cool down the warm air you left in.
Replace the Light Bulbs
If you can't see in your refrigerator, you are just going to stand
there with the door open longer.
Warm Food in the Fridge - Don't do it
Whenever possible, allow leftovers to cool to room temperature
before placing them in the Refrigerator. This will cut down on
the amount of warm air inside the refrigerator and save some run
time on the compressor.
Replace your Old Refrigerator - Out with the Old, in with
If your Refrigerator is 20 years old, it's time for a new one.
Older models can use up to 3 times more electricity then newer ones.
This could mean the difference of a few hundred dollars a year in