Because refrigerators are one of the home’s most used and most expensive appliances, it’s important for them to last a long time. But just how long are our refrigerators meant to last? No one wants to be shelling out hundreds of dollars every couple of years for a major appliance, and, fortunately, most refrigerator manufacturers say that their products are meant to last at least 10 years.
Keeping Your Fridge Going Strong
Just because your refrigerator is meant to last a decade does not mean that you won’t have to work hard to keep it running strong. With a little work and maintenance, your refrigerator has the best chance of staying in great shape. Here are a few key activities that will help add some life to your refrigerator:
- Vacuum the Condenser Coils: Your fridge’s condenser coils will collect dirt, dust, pet hair, and more, and this can eventually cause them to break down. If you gently vacuum the coils every six months or so, you’ll be more likely to keep them in working order.
- Don’t Use the Top of the Fridge: While the top of your refrigerator may seem like an ideal storage place, it can actually interfere with your fridge’s ability to dissipate heat. This means your refrigerator will need to work harder, and this wear and tear can reduce the lifespan of your refrigerator.
- Clean the Door Gaskets: The gaskets around your refrigerator door help to ensure that it’s sealed properly, so that your food stays cold. Food or spilled drinks can build up and prevent your gaskets from doing their job of creating a good seal. This can cause your refrigerator compressor to work harder, which could cause it to break down sooner than expected.
If you want to be sure that your refrigerator lasts as long as possible, take the time to do the required maintenance. Also, call on the refrigerator repair pros at All Brands Appliance Repair if you’re ever in need of refrigerator services. We’re here to help keep your refrigerator running as long as possible!