4 Easy Ways to Maintain Your Refrigerator
It’s important to keep your refrigerator in top working condition. Not only will this save you costly repair bills, but it’ll also save on your energy bill. Here are a few easy tips to maintain that fridge.
1. Check the Seals
A loose seal will allow the cool air to seep out of your fridge. This will waste energy and cause your equipment to work much harder than it’s supposed to. Make sure the seals are free of food, and clean them with a toothbrush at least twice a year.
Try the paper test. Shut the door on a piece of paper so that half of it is sticking inside the fridge, and half is sticking out. If the paper falls out easily, you’re going to need to call a professional to fix your seals.
2. Clean the Coils
When your condenser coils are covered in dust, your fridge will start to work too hard. Twice a year, pull your fridge away from the wall and clean the coils. This is easily done with a vacuum that has a brush attachment. While you’re back there, sweep the floor that’s no doubt gathered some crumbs.
3. Choose the Right Temperature
Your fridge should be somewhere between 37 and 40 degrees. The freezer should be set to zero. Anything other than that, you’re either not keeping your food cool enough, or you’re risking adding to your electric bill unnecessarily.
4. Keep it Full
Even if you are the type of person who mostly eats out, your fridge was made to have things inside of it. They need thermal mass in order to keep the right temperature. Cool food helps absorb the warm air when you open the door.
Do these things and your sub zero refrigerator maintenance will be a breeze.