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A Handy Guide to Basic Refrigerator Maintenance

Hampden Tenant Cleaning Out His Fridge to Prepare for MaintenanceThe refrigerator is one of those hard-working appliances that we don’t often think far too much about – unless in the case that something goes wrong.  All appliances always need regular maintenance and cleaning to keep working properly; your refrigerator and freezer are no exception. Missing basic refrigerator maintenance could not only shorten the useful life of the appliance but certainly cause unimportant and costly repairs, as well.

Whether you have issues with your fridge or want to make sure it keeps on humming, this guide can assist you! We’ll go over fridge maintenance and cleaning basics and a few easy fixes to widely known problems.

Basic Refrigerator Maintenance

One of the optimum solutions to keep your refrigerator and freezer in good shape is to clean them both pretty well many times a year. Most of us get the idea that we should be wiping out the fridge’s inside once things get dirty. However, there are other areas you should be cleaning regularly to make sure that the fridge keeps working suitably.

Proper refrigerator maintenance constitutes cleaning the coils behind the fridge once or twice a year. These coils are important since they foster to keep your refrigerator’s motor working efficiently. To clean the coils, unplug the fridge and pull it away from the wall. Then open up the back of the fridge and vacuum out any dust or debris you notice. If the dust seems absolutely stuck on, you can simply use a dry paintbrush to wipe it off the coils.

It’s equally crucial to clean the door seals routinely taking into account that these seals help your refrigerator keep a regular, constant internal temperature. To clean the seals, open the fridge or freezer door and use a damp cloth to wipe between the folds of the seal.

One last thing, be sure to wipe down the whole inside and outside of your fridge and freezer, too. The CDC recommends opting to use hot, soapy water or, to disinfect, a solution made from 1 tablespoon of bleach in 1 gallon of water. Either will kill bacteria and leave your refrigerator vibrantly clean!

Common Problems and Fixes

Even with regular maintenance and cleaning, refrigerators can suffer from a range of ailments. Here are some common solutions:

  1. Freezer Frost
  2. Frozen Food
  3. Lukewarm Food

Frost in the freezer. If you’ve seen a buildup of frost or ice crystals inside your freezer, the possibility is that your freezer door isn’t sealing tightly enough. If a freezer door doesn’t have a tight seal, water can get inside, freeze, and form frost. When that occurs, it’s critical to completely defrost the freezer and clean it using the steps above. To defrost a freezer, unplug it, open the door, and wait for the ice to melt on its own. This should be fulfilled at least once a year. But certainly, if you entail defrosting more frequently, it can be time to replace the seal.

Food freezing in the refrigerator. If you have food in the fridge that tends to freeze, precisely toward the back, you may have temperature control or thermostat issue. The most simple way to handle the issue is to locate and adjust the thermostat in your fridge. Nonetheless, if you’ve tried that and still discover frozen food in the refrigerator, you should look into hiring a handyman.

The refrigerator is not cold enough. If the food in your fridge spoils quickly or doesn’t stay very cold, that is a problem that will demand to be addressed immediately. A fridge that doesn’t seem to be getting cold could be having issues related to dirty coils, an incorrectly set thermostat, or a faulty thermostat. The first two fixes are definitely things anyone can do themselves. (A defective thermostat will most likely need to be repaired by a professional.)


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