Refrigerator and Freezer Maintenance Tips

Keep Your Food Cold and Your Kitchen Working

Your refrigerator and freezer combine to create one of the most important parts of your home. Keeping it in proper working order form is easy to do, and it can prevent costly repairs in the future. Follow these 6 tips for some Do-It-Yourself home maintenance on this crucial kitchen appliance.

Clean Those Coils

Your refrigerator's condenser coils are usually underneath a pop-off panel at the bottom of the unit, though some are on the back of the refrigerator. Vacuum them annually. This one refrigerator maintenance tip can help you save money on your energy bills and extend the life of your refrigerator.

Clean the Insides

Even if it doesn't require defrosting, cleaning your refrigerator reduces odors and helps you keep food rotated and used before spoiling - which saves you money! To clean you fridge:

Freezer Maintenance

Defrosting your freezer improves the efficiency of the unit. If you have frost in your freezer or ice-maker, defrost it according to your manufacturer's instructions. You should never allow a buildup of ice or heavy frost. Never scrape off frost or use sharp tools, or you may damage your refrigerator.

You can also clean the inside of the freezer with a baking soda and water solution, as described above.

Close That Door

Simply put, your average refrigerator door should close by itself. If it's not, you should first check to see if anything inside the fridge is blocking the door. After that, you can adjust the support feet appropriately for proper closure.

Frost/Temperature Problems

If you have problems with the unit forming frost quickly or experiencing temperature fluctuations, there are a number of possible causes. If you have many family members opening the door often, try to lessen the frequency and the length of time it is open. You may also have a leak in the door seal, and it may need cleaning or replacement. Over time, this seal can develop cracks or become brittle. Check your seal periodically.

Refrigerator Not Operating?

Check for a damaged fuse or tripped circuit breaker first. Check to make sure it is plugged in properly and the plug or cord has not been damaged. If this doesn't solve the problem, call for repairs.

For more information on general home maintenance, visit our Home Maintenance Guide.

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