A refrigerator is a big purchase, so it makes sense to take good care of it so it lasts as long as possible. Your fridge also consumes a lot of energy. Therefore, it’s in your best interest to keep it working optimally so you’re not paying more than you need to in energy costs.
Performing a few basic maintenance tasks on a regular schedule will help you get the most out of your refrigerator in terms of longevity and energy efficiency. These small actions can lead to big savings in the long run! Read on to find out more.
Give Your Fridge Some Space
If your refrigerator condenser coils are on the back of your fridge, make sure you don’t push it all the way against the wall. Those coils are responsible for the cooling function of your fridge and freezer; it’s important to allow adequate airflow so they can do their job. An inch of space should do the trick! (Note: If your refrigerator model has the condenser coils on the bottom, no extra clearance at the back is needed.)
Clean Those Coils
As stated above, the condenser coils are responsible for the cooling action of your refrigerator and freezer. Over time, dust, pet hair, and other miscellaneous debris settle on the coils. Eventually, this will compromise coil performance, causing your fridge to work harder and use more energy to keep things cool. The fix? Clean the coils every six months with a long-handled bristle brush.
Another refrigerator workhorse is the gasket that goes around the doors of the fridge and freezer. This thin piece of rubber is what seals in the cool air and keeps the warm air out. However, gaskets may only last a few years due to the wear and tear they experience. Additionally, the airtight seal may be compromised if any debris gets stuck in the gasket track. So, keep your gaskets in tip-top shape for as long as possible by gently cleaning them every few months. At minimum, give them a good wipe-down with a universal cleaner at the same time you clean the condenser coils. If your gaskets are starting to loosen or tear, go ahead and replace them.
On average, your refrigerator should last between 14 and 17 years depending on make, model, and use. Taking care of it along the way will ensure that it works well and remains as energy efficient as possible for as long as possible.
For help with refrigerator repair or maintenance in Wilmington and the surrounding area, All Brands Appliance Repair is here for you! We have over 40 years of appliance repair experience and we are committed to making sure you get the best service possible every time you call.