Is Your Refrigerator Running?: The Top Refrigerator Maintenance Tips

Nothing lasts forever, but when it comes to household appliances, you can get so much more out of them with proper maintenance.

A good refrigerator can last you far longer than you may realize if you follow good refrigerator maintenance tips.

Interested in saving a lot of money, stress, and problems for the future?

This guide will help you get the most life from your refrigerator!

The Top Refrigerator Maintenance Tips

Refrigerators are a simple, but powerful, machines. There is a number of little items you can do to keep your refrigerator operating at its prime.

Check on these 5 easy details throughout your week.

1. Checking Door Seals

A refrigerator needs to keep a cool environment inside or it won’t keep your food fresh. The coils cool it, but the seal on the door keeps the cool air inside.

Without that seal, the cool air leaks out, forcing the refrigerator to work harder to maintain that environment. That strain adds up.

Check to see if the seal on your door is still good. If it starts to falter, a quick replacement of the sealing will cost a lot less than the entire refrigerator.

2. Cleaning the Coils

The condenser coils are the key item that helps fuel your refrigerator. These items are often located in the back of the refrigerator or sometimes in the bottom front panel. 

When they get dusty, they can slow down the refrigerator and strain it. Every few months, pull out the refrigerator, unplug it, and vacuum the condenser coils. 

3. Keeping the Temperature Stable

The interior environment of the refrigerator is an important balance. When the refrigerator is working well, it will keep the temperature in a very stable range. 

Check the temperature of your refrigerator from time to time. The refrigerator portion should be 37 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit. If the refrigerator has a freezer portion that portion needs to remain at 0 degrees Fahrenheit. 

If your refrigerator has surpassed this temperature, contact a repairman as soon as you can. 

4. Fuller is Better

Spaces are easier to regulate their temperature the more items occupy the space. This is thermal mass. In layman’s terms, that means the more stuff you have in your refrigerator the easier it may be to cool.

Even if you do not use your refrigerator very often, keeping a good stock within in will keep the refrigerator operating at a more efficient level.

5. Backup For Power Outages

Sometimes the worse happens and your house suffers a power outage. This can be a rough time already, but worrying about the food inside the fridge can only add stress.

If the refrigerator seal is still functional, keeping the refrigerator closed will keep the environment going for a while longer.

If things go well, this should last you well past the time it will take for you to regain power. In the meantime, prepare for such power outages with a good stockpile of non-perishable food items you can keep in the cupboard.

Keeping You Prepared

Keeping your appliance investments operating can be easy. Using these refrigerator maintenance tips, you can keep your vital appliance running for a few extra years!

When things do end up going beyond simple maintaining steps, you need someone you can count on to call. We at the On Point Service Company are here to help. Contact us today!


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