Refrigerators are hardworking machines that run 24/7; they deserve some TLC. Other than cleaning out food, you need to take the time to do some routine maintenance to ensure it will continue to run longer. Here are tips to keep your refrigerator running more effectively and keep your utility bills down.
1. Check the door seals
A loose seal will allow the cool air from the refrigerator to seep out, causing your fridge to work harder unnecessarily and wasting energy in the process. First, ensure there are no food residues on the seals (clean them using a toothbrush with a baking soda solution and water twice a year). Do a dollar-bill test—put the bill in the door and close it so that half of the bill remains outside while half is inside. If it slips out effortlessly, have the door seals checked by a pro. Also, if your fridge malfunctions, only use original spares. For example, if your Samsung fridge has issues, only use Samsung refridgerator parts for spares.
2. Keep the coils clean
If the condenser coils are full of dust, your refrigerator won’t run efficiently. Pull the fridge from the wall twice a year to reveal the coils at the back, or remove the grille if the coils are located in the bottom front. Unplug the machine and use a vacuum cleaner with the brush attachment to clean it. Once it is clean, the heat from the fridge will be carried away easily, making your cycles run for shorter periods.
3. Set the right temperature
The temperature in your fridge should be set between 37 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit while the freezer should be kept at 0 degrees.
4. Fill it up
Your fridge needs “thermal mass” to maintain low temperatures. Cool drinks and foods help to absorb the warm air that streams when its door is opened. If you like eating out, or your fridge is too big for your needs, keep several jugs of water in it.
5. Be prepared
In cases of a power outage, keep the doors shut and use the foods in your pantry. A closed refrigerator will preserve food for approximately 48 hours when full, and 24 hours when half full.
6. Cover everything
Most foods in the fridge contain moisture. If left uncovered, this moisture would leach into the air, and the compressor will need to work harder to remove it. Also, most foods will absorb the smells of other foods, and they will taste weird.
Since your refrigerator works nonstop, ensure you take good care of it and follow this advice to ensure that it will run more efficiently. This is the only proven way to make it last longer.