A non-functional or problematic refrigerator is incredibly frustrating! The last thing we want to find out is that the appliance that keeps our food cold and safe to eat is not working. While the Pros are always available for an appliance repair, there are a few tips and tricks to be aware of that will prevent you from needing to call an appliance repair in the first place. Follow these basic guidelines to keep your fridge humming.
Check your refrigerator door seal
You know how when you open your fridge door, it sticks and you feel a little resistance just for a second before it opens? That’s because the door is equipped with a seal that prevents any air from flowing into the refrigerator when the door is closed. If that seal is damaged, then your door won’t stay shut properly, which is a major problem for the safety of your food and for the refrigerator’s efficiency. Without an airtight seal, your refrigerator will be too warm and likely have too much moisture. For this reason, especially if you have an older refrigerator that’s never had the gasket replaced, it’s best to check the seal once every few months to make sure it’s not worn out. If it does appear to be damaged or if you’re not sure, an appliance repair company can help you diagnose and fix the issue. A regular cleaning of the refrigerator gasket will also go a long way to ensuring that it can still create an airtight seal.
Clean the condenser coils
The condenser coils do most of the heavy lifting when it comes to keeping your refrigerator and its contents nice and cold. For this reason, it’s important to give them a little love every once and a while and make sure they are clean and free from dust and debris, which can accumulate over time. The condenser coils are located either at the back or behind the refrigerator unit. To clean, use a vacuum or a specialized condenser coil brush. If you’re not sure on how to clean your refrigerator’s condenser coil, consult your owner’s manual. Twice per year cleaning should be sufficient to keep your refrigerator fully operational!
Deodorize and clean the interior periodically
Sometimes our refrigerators start to smell a little… funky. If you’ve ruled out any spoiled food as the cause, the refrigerator itself may need cleaning and deodorizing. To do so, we recommend removing all food at least once a month and scrubbing out the inside surfaces with water and an all-purpose cleaner. To deodorize, you can open a box of baking soda and leave it inside for at least 24 hours. The baking soda should absorb the smells and help “unstink” your fridge. You can also use a commercial product that is specially made for deodorizing refrigerators.
Change the water filter
If your refrigerator came equipped with a water filter, this should be replaced periodically. Six months is typically the maximum amount of time a water filter should be in use, but be sure to check with the instructions provided for your brand of filter. Regularly changing the filter will ensure your refrigerator continues to supply you with fresh, clean drinking water.
Check the drainage area
If your refrigerator has built up condensation, the condensed water will drip through a drain and into a water pan. It’s good practice to periodically check the drainage area to make sure water is draining properly. If you’re not sure how to locate the drain for your refrigerator, consult the owner’s manual.
Keep the refrigerator level
In order for your fridge to work properly, it must be level with the floor. Place a standard level found at any hardware store on top of the refrigerator to check. If it’s not level, you can adjust the feet using a level.
Maintain proper temperature
In addition to ensuring the safety of your food, keeping your fridge at the right temperature also helps it run efficiently. The refrigerator should be maintained at 37-40F and the freezer at 0F. If yours doesn’t come with a thermometer, there are several brands of refrigerator thermometers you can purchase at any big-box store or appliance store.
This may seem like a long list, but each of these recommendations only take minutes to accomplish. A few minutes of your time on a regular schedule will go a long way towards ensuring the longevity and efficiency of your refrigerator!
If you do find yourself needing a refrigerator repair in Farmington Hills, we can help!