A perfect working refrigerator can save more energy and help keep your food safe and stay fresh for longer. But if you don’t maintain your refrigerator, you could be putting your family at risk, as it is prone to dangerous bacteria developing on your food.
Below are useful refrigerator troubleshooting tips to help you properly maintain your unit and ensure you are keeping your family safe.
Replace the Rubber Seal (Door Gasket)
You would be surprised how much cold escapes your refrigerator when the rubber seal, or door gasket, is worn or damaged. This gasket gets brittle from overtime use, and the fit becomes less than ideal. A refrigerator door gasket should be replaced every year or so.
Keep Heat Away From Your Refrigerator
Ovens, dishwashers, and other heat sources can make your refrigerator compressor overworking, spending lots more energy, and shrinking its useful life. Also, make sure that your refrigerator is not exposed to direct sunlight, and always purchase one with a reflective surface.
Clean the Condenser Coils
The coils in the back or bottom of your refrigerator are designed to remove heat from the unit, a function they have trouble with if they are full of dust and debris. Always keep them clean to increase their optimal efficiency.
Open the Door Less For Less Energy
Every time you use your refrigerator, refrain from opening it for a longer time, always keeping the cold in. The less you open the door and not much longer, the less energy it needs to keep the temperature down.
Organize Your Refrigerator
A messy and disorganized refrigerator will have difficulty working efficiently. Right temperature distribution requires lots of space for proper airflow. Avoid putting large bags and packaging by placing your vegetables and other items directly into the designated bins or on the shelves.
Keep Track of the Temperatures
Just a small turn of the dial to increase temperatures can save you a lot while your food stays sufficiently cold and fresh.
Use Power-Saver Mode
Not all refrigerators have this function, but if yours does, you better use it. It will deactivate the built-in refrigerator wall heaters that impede humidity. Unless you have a lot of condensation on the refrigerator walls, you don’t need them to work.
Minimize Frost Buildup
Not all refrigerators have this problem, but if yours does, you might need to do manual defrosting them from time to time. The frost build-up can be a pain on your refrigerator, making it work overtime to keep it cool.
We hope these troubleshooting tips were useful to you in extending the lifespan of your refrigerator! Want to know more? In need of refrigerator repair? Your refrigerator repair experts are here to attend to your needs! Call and schedule an appointment with Red Apple Appliance Repair today!