3 Tips for Keeping Your Refrigerator and Freezer in Good Repair
Repairs to your refrigerator or freezer will be needed at one time or another, as parts simply wear out and break down over time. However, it’s surprising how often homeowners cause repairs to be needed prematurely simply because they don’t take the time to care for their refrigerator and freezer or don’t use it properly. Note a few simple tips for keeping this appliance in good repair and avoiding unnecessary repair bills.
1. Don’t overfill the unit
Overfilling the refrigerator or the freezer is probably one of the most common mistakes made by homeowners, as they often don’t understand how this appliance keeps food cold. Both the refrigerator and the freezer will have vents in the back, through which is circulated cold air. When you overstuff the unit, you block this opening so that the motor and blower both need to work harder to keep a steady temperature.
In the freezer, be sure you can run your hand between food items and the walls of the unit. In the refrigerator, be sure you can easily see the back and side walls. It’s also good to keep some space between your food items so that cold air can circulate around them, making it easier for the units to keep items cool.
2. Vacuum the coils and outside vents
The condenser coils are what keep the air cool for the refrigerator or freezer, but these coils often gather dust, dirt, pet hair, and other debris. It’s good to move your refrigerator out from against the wall every month or at least twice per year, and vacuum around the coils and any vents in the back. When these are clean, they won’t work as hard to create cold air in the unit and in turn, the motor and blower won’t be overworked.
3. Keep the door closed
If your mother ever yelled at you to keep the refrigerator door closed, you may want to remember those words! When you open the door to the refrigerator or freezer, you’re letting out the cold air and letting in the warm air. In turn, the motor and blower need to kick on to maintain the right temperature. The longer you keep open the door, the harder the appliance will need to work and especially on very warm days.
To keep the appliance from overworking, don’t hold the door open unnecessarily. Remember that your refrigerator and freezer are not meant to cool the air of the room, so don’t think you can open the door on a hot day to keep yourself cool. Keep the door closed to avoid unnecessary repairs to your appliance.
For more tips or assistance, contact resources such as Shiraz Refrigeration.