Refrigerator Maintenance Tips

Your refrigerator is one of the most important appliances in your premises. You don’t have to wait for it to break down before giving it the attention it needs to work well. Not to mention, keeping your refrigerator running like new requires you to perform a few tasks. Here are a few refrigerator maintenance tips to bear in mind.

Refrigerator Maintenance Tips

In order to have your refrigerator for a long time, it is important to maintain it. From replacing the gasket to defrosting when there is ice build up, it is crucial to follow the refrigerator maintenance tips below. 

1. Clean the Condenser Coils

Condenser coils are responsible for removing heat from your refrigerator. And when they’re covered in dust, the refrigerator won’t run efficiently. Every six months or so, pull the refrigerator from the wall to reveal the coils (usually at the back), unplug the refrigerator and vacuum with a brush attachment to get rid of the dirt and dust. Some coils may be located beneath the unit or at the front so check the owner’s manual for specific instructions. 

Refrigerator Maintenance Tips

2. Clean and Replace the Gasket as Needed

Loose gaskets or door seals allow air to seep out, causing your unit to work harder than it has to hence increase energy consumption. Start by ensuring the seals are free of food residue. Clean the seals periodically with a universal cleaner or a solution of water and baking soda using a toothbrush. Over time, gaskets weaken, loosen or even tear. Fortunately, seals are inexpensive and easy to replace.

3. Level It

A fridge that isn’t completely level will not only strain motors but also cause condensation inside and may not close properly. You can do a simple check by placing a level on top of your unit. Make adjustments if necessary and your fridge will be more efficient and reliable.

4. Compressor Noise

Occasionally you may hear a loud noise coming from your refrigerator. No need to be alarmed, but you must act quickly. The noise is likely coming from a compressor fan which aids in cooling the refrigerator. What you can do is unplug the refrigerator and check the fan, make sure there is nothing obstructing the air to move freely.  

5. Replace the Water Dispenser or Icemaker Water Filter

To ensure clean water and ice, and prevent any leaks or clogs, replace the water filter at least every six months. Check your owner’s manual on how to locate and pull out the filter as well as how to replace it with a new one. It also helps to run a few gallons of water through the new filter once you’ve popped it in to get rid of any carbon residue in the filter. This will also solve some ice maker problems you may have.

6. Defrost

Frost can easily accumulate on the inside walls of your refrigerator or freezer. To defrost your unit, remove all the food from the unit, unplug the unit or turn off the thermostat and allow the frost to melt. Once the frost has melted, turn the unit back on and give it time to reach its operating temperature before restocking the food.

If you have a self-defrosting refrigerator, you won’t have to melt away any frost. However, your refrigerator will likely melt the frost into a pan typically located at the bottom of the unit. The water in the pan evaporates but you’ll want to clean the pan with some warm water and detergent to avoid any odors and growth of bacteria.

Bottom Line

Refrigerators, like most appliances, are hardworking devices that need to be taken care of to work seamlessly. Devote more time in taking care of your unit with these refrigerator maintenance tips for better efficiency and longer useful life. For more information, Accredited Appliance has trained professionals to assist you with your refrigerator issues.