Giving Your Fridge a Longer Life

Giving Your Fridge a Longer Life

You might not think of your fridge as an appliance that needs to be maintained. However, if you follow a few easy tips, this important part of your home could have a longer life.

For starters, do a little cleaning. Vacuum the coils, located either on the back or under the fridge. When these get dirty, the fridge works more to keep things inside it cool, so cleaning them will give the refrigerator a break. Make it a habit to do this at least once a year.

Next, check the drip pan underneath and clean it out. This should be done every three to four months. Finally, wipe down all of the interior surfaces with warm, soapy water. Any particles or spills can lead to unpleasant odors or bacteria buildup.

Next, check the rubber seals around the doors. If there are cracks or they seem loose, you could be losing cool air and using unnecessary energy. If it needs to be replaced, call a professional to install it.

If the fridge has a built-in filter for ice and water, you will need to change the filter every six months.

If the refrigerator doesn’t have an automatic defrost, you’ll need to manually defrost it when the freezer ice builds up thicker than a quarter of an inch.

Next, check the temperature. The temperature should be between 37 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit, in order for the food inside to be at a safe cool temperature. If it’s not in this range, the fridge could be working harder or not keeping food safe. Manually change the temperature, and check it often to make sure something isn’t broken.

Finally, level the fridge. If the balance is off on the fridge, the doors might not be closing properly, so use a carpenter’s level to make sure it’s even. If it isn’t, adjust the feet underneath it.

Following these maintenance tips will keep the most expensive appliance in your home around for years to come.

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