If you are a homeowner or renting, it is important to understand how to properly maintain one’s refrigerator. There are a few simple tips that will ensure you get the most out of your fridge. If these tips cannot be performed due to the fridges condition, then its most likely time for an upgrade. We here G&G Appliances wanted to write up a blog on these tips so you get the most out of your refrigerator and freezer!
Check your Seals
The first thing to check when running through refrigerator maintenance is the sealing. The sealing is the plastic caulking used to make an airtight seal that keeps warm air out and cool air in. If the sealing is failing, worn, or ruled inefficient through feeling cool air seeping out, it is time to replace the sealing. Depending on the additional tips laid out in this article, a whole new refrigerator may be in order.
Keeping Coils Clean
The coils are what truly keep your fridge cool. Without delving too much into detail, the coils condense and remove heat and push cool air into the fridge. With the fridge generally tucked into the wall, the coils can become covered in dust. To have your refrigerator running at full efficiency, pull out your fridge 2-3 times a year, and clean the coils. This may take some coordination as you want to unplug the fridge and let to coils cool in case they are running warm.
Setting and Fridge Capacity
With settings controlled with a knob inside the fridge, there are times when the temperature control can be adjusted unintendedly. The most optimal temperature for your fridge to be set it is said to be anywhere between 37-41 degrees Fahrenheit. Any warmer your food won’t keep as well and any cooler your running the risk the temperature dipping below freezing.
Additionally, Refrigerators need things in it to retain its cool. It’s a concept called “Thermal Mass.” Even if you don’t have a lot of food or eat out often, keep some water jugs or bottles in there too maintain the hard work your condensers are putting out!
If the power goes out, it is important to limit opening the fridge and if possible, not open it at all. A refrigerator can hold its temperature up to a day without power. Alternately, the freezer can maintain its cool for up to 24 hours if full due to the concept explained in the last paragraph.
G&G Appliances can help
If you have any questions regarding your refrigerator, freezer, or any other appliance needs to make your house a home, give us a call today! We pride ourselves on providing top quality service and expertise regarding any appliance that may need to be serviced.