Every major household appliance in your home requires periodic maintenance to keep it in excellent condition. The refrigerator is perhaps the most-used member of your appliance collection in addition to being one of the largest. To keep it efficient and prevent your food from spoiling, here are a few essential maintenance tips.
3 Tips for Maintaining Your Refrigerator
1. Clean the Coils
Clean the condenser coils behind your refrigerator twice annually to prevent serious dust and dirt buildup. These large coils have a radiator-like appearance and pull heat from the household appliance to ensure energy efficiency. Dirty coils work harder to remove warmth, resulting in higher energy bills and a shorter appliance life span. Pull your fridge away from the wall and use a long-handled brush or the brush attachment on your vacuum to clean the coils. If your coils are located on the front of your refrigerator, remove the grill to clean them.
2. Clean the Gaskets
Inspect the gaskets, or seals, around the inside door of the kitchen appliance. Make sure they are not loose and letting cold air leak from the refrigerator, resulting in higher utility bills. Clean them as necessary to remove dirt and grime that may interfere with the door’s ability to close fully. Remove residue three or four times a year with a baking soda and water solution.
3. Monitor the Temperature
Check the interior temperature every few weeks. The refrigerator does best set at 37 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit, while the freezer should remain at 0 degrees to avoid efficiency issues. If you are putting leftovers away, allow them to cool for 10 or more minutes before placing them in the fridge. This prevents the household appliance from getting too warm and potentially spoiling other food.
The team at Mobile Appliance also recommend cleaning and deodorizing the refrigerator’s interior every month to avoid hardened food stains, and to keep it level to prevent opening and closing issues. With two locations in Alabama, this household appliance superstore has an extensive showroom of trusted brands whenever you need replacements. Call (251) 633-3188 for Mobile or (251) 625-8989 to reach their Daphne location. Visit the website for more information on their selection, and like their Facebook page for the latest tips and event news.