As one of the most recognizable and widely used household appliances, refrigerators last between 10 and 18 years. Routine refrigerator repair and maintenance keeps the heavy-duty appliance in good condition, so it can exceed its life span. It also helps your refrigerator use less energy to keep your utility costs reasonable.
How Can You Extend the Life of Your Refrigerator?
Ensure Proper Airflow
Make certain your refrigerator is on level ground to avoid overtaxing the motor, and ensure healthy air circulation all around the appliance to prevent premature breakdowns. Unless it’s a front-vented or zero-clearance fridge, give it at least 1 inch of space on all sides. Keep microwaves and other heavy objects off of your refrigerator, as well, for better circulation.
Clean the Door Seals
Clean the seals on your fridge door since food particles and other gunk interfere with their ability to close the appliance. If your door is not closed completely, it uses more energy to keep the refrigerator cool and shortens its life. Replace loose or damaged door seals for the same reason.
Clean & Relocate Your Condenser Coil
Clean your condenser coil regularly for efficient cooling that helps avoid premature wear. Condenser coils are found underneath or on the back of the fridge. Use the brush attachment of your vacuum to remove dust buildup, and consider relocating the coil if it is located at the bottom of the appliance. This releases heat in a more efficient way.
Schedule Regular Maintenance
Schedule routine refrigerator repair and maintenance services to identify potential problems before they worsen. Annual inspections and small repairs are cost-effective and help reduce your household carbon footprint because the appliance will function at its highest level.
Count on the friendly experts at Complete Appliance Service for timely, efficient refrigerator repair services. Serving northern Kentucky and the Greater Cincinnati, OH, area since 1980, this Better Business Bureau®-accredited company works on all major appliances at affordable rates. Call (513) 661-3708 to request a refrigerator repair quote today, or visit their website to learn more about their services.