Your refrigerator is the largest, most expensive appliance in your home. It also works around the clock to keep your food fresh and safe to eat. For these reasons, it’s important to give it regular cleanings and proper maintenance to keep it from breaking down when you least expect it.
Here’s what HVAC contractors recommend doing to avoid having to call for frequent repairs:
Adjust the Temperature Control: Set the temperature for your fridge at 38 to 42 degrees Fahrenheit and your freezer at 0 to 10 degrees. Keeping the temperature at these settings will help your appliance run efficiently.
Clean the Condenser Coils: You can keep your refrigerator in better shape for longer by cleaning the condenser coils found on the back. When these get clogged, your fridge needs to work harder. To clean the condenser coils, unplug your refrigerator and turn it around so you can sweep away debris using a soft-bristled brush. You only need to clean the back once a year to keep it in good shape. For the best results, contact an HVAC contractor to do the job for you.
Wipe Down the Gaskets: The gasket is the rubbery strip attached to the door that keeps everything sealed shut, and repairing it can easily cost a few hundred dollars. To avoid this, regularly wipe down a gasket using a sponge and warm water. This will minimize air leaks and remove damaging food buildup.
If you need help caring for your fridge, turn to the HVAC contractors at Akor Mechanical in Montgomery Village, MD. They offer high-quality commercial and residential services and will be happy to return as many times as they need to if your appliance still isn’t working well. Call them today at (301) 250-5251, or visit their website to find out more.