Having a major appliance break down during the holiday season is a stress nobody wants to deal with. That’s why maintaining your refrigerator throughout the year is so vital. Proper maintenance can keep you from spending your holiday savings on emergency refrigerator appliance repair. Following the tips below can help you prevent a major appliance crisis and extend the life of your refrigerator.
Your refrigerator needs space to breathe. Placing it too close to the wall will not allow it to operate at its top efficiency level. You should leave at least one inch between the back of your refrigerator and your kitchen wall. A fridge that doesn’t have enough space runs the risk of overheating. It is also recommended that you keep your refrigerator out of direct sunlight and away from other heating sources, such as, a stove. Your appliance will have to work harder if the area it is located in is continuously heating up during the day.
Maintaining a Proper Temperature
For your appliance to run at its highest efficiency level, it is recommended that your refrigerator sustains a temperature between 38 and 36 degrees and your freezer’s temperature should be no higher than 0 degrees. Placing appliance thermometers in your fridge and freezer can help you regulate the temperatures and alert you if the machine gets too warm, or the temperature begins to fluctuate.
Cleaning the Condenser Coils.
Your refrigerator’s condenser coils are either located on the bottom or on the back of your appliance. Before you begin cleaning them, be sure to unplug the machine. Once that is done, use a duster or a vacuum to remove all dirt from the coils. Carrying out this maintenance tip at least twice a year can help your refrigerator stay in top-notch working condition.
Keeping the Warm Air Out and the Cool Air In
If your appliance sits on an uneven floor, it’s vital you adjust the machines legs to correct the issue. While an uneven refrigerator may not seem like a drastic problem, the truth is your appliance may become overworked due to cool air escaping a poorly sealed door. Cleaning the rubber gasket that allows your appliance to close securely is also critical to preventing cool air from leaking out. When your refrigerator is constantly running because it can not stop warm air from getting in and cool air from escaping, the machines life expectancy will lower.
If you are concerned about your refrigerator’s performance, please contact us and we’ll be happy to send one of our trusted technicians to your home to inspect and fix the issue.