While you know to call American Appliance Repair if you need refrigerator or freezer repair, it is likely you also want to reduce the chances that you will need repairs. Keep reading to discover five tips that can help you keep your fridge in great shape for as long as possible. If you do need same-day repairs, just contact us at 800-640-9934 and we can help right away.
- Inspect the Seals on Your Doors
- Clean the Coils
- Make Sure It’s Set to the Right Temperature
- Keep Your Fridge Full
- Know What to Do in an Emergency
If your fridge has a loose seal, then cool air can easily seep out. This not only wastes energy but it requires your fridge to work harder than it should – which can reduce its lifespan. Check your seals to make sure they are clean and free from residue. Most people can get away with cleaning them twice a year. Use a solution of baking soda and water and a toothbrush.
Once they are clean, use what’s known as the dollar-bill test. Close the door with a bill in the seal. If the bill slips out easily then the seals are not sealed well enough. This is time to contact an appliance repair company so we can take a look.
The condenser coils, which are located on the back of your fridge, need to be cleared of dust and debris. We recommend doing this twice a year. Just pull out your fridge so you can see the coils in back. It’s possible the coils will be on the bottom in the front. If that is the case, then snap off the grille. Unplug your fridge and use the brush attachment on your vacuum to get the coils clean.
Your fridge should always be set between 37 and 40 Fahrenheit. We recommend your set your freezer at 0 Fahrenheit. Depending on where your temperature controls are, it’s entirely possible that your temperature could get changed without you realizing it. As a result, we recommend you check it regularly.
Thermal mass, which is essentially how much stuff is in a refrigerator, is important to keep temps low. If you have cool food in the fridge, it will absorb warm air that comes in when you open the door. If you have little food in there, then the warm air will sit in the fridge and keep the temperature up. This requires your fridge to work harder. If you do not generally have enough food in your fridge to keep it safely cool, consider adding a few jugs of water to up your thermal mass.
If your power goes out, do you know what to do with your fridge? Keep the doors closed. If the doors stay closed, the fridge can keep food safe for up to four hours. A closed freezer can keep a safe temperature for 48 hours if it is full and 24 hours if it is not.