How to Maintain Your Refrigerator

Your refrigerator is not unlike other elements of your home that need to be maintained and taken care of in order to keep working efficiently. Some simple maintenance paired with cleaning procedures can help to extend the life of your refrigerator. You’ll only need about 30 minutes to get your fridge back in shape, and you’ll need the following tools:

  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Broom or vacuum cleaner
  • Cleaning rag

Step 1: Cleaning the condenser coils. If your refrigerator’s condenser coils are dusty, they’ll have to work harder. That means your energy bills may go up and the fridge’s life expectancy may go down. Use a vacuum or broom and remove the buildup of dust from the coils once every three months, or once a month if you have pets. You can find the coils either behind or underneath the fridge.

Step 2: Cleaning the drain hole and drip pan. Most refrigerator models use a drain hole and drip pan to remove condensation. Start by removing food particles or mineral deposits from the drain hole (refer to the instructions in your owner’s manual). Finally, scrub out the drain pan.

Step 3: Checking and cleaning the gaskets. Your fridge’s gaskets seal the cool air in and keep warm air out. Check out the gaskets and look for cracks or other damage. To test the efficiency of the seal, put a dollar bill in the door and close it. See if you can pull out the dollar easily because the seal should create resistance.

Step 4: Changing the water filter. If your refrigerator has an ice maker or a water dispenser, it should have a water filter that will need to be changed every six months.

While you’re at it, be sure to remove everything from the refrigerator and throw away whatever may be expired. Next, give every shelf and drawer a good wipe down.

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Categories: Refrigerators