The refrigerator is quite easily the most appreciated yet least maintained appliance in your entire kitchen. Combine this with the fact it’s in full operation mode 24 hours a day and its doors are being opened and closed on a regular basis, and you have an expensive appliance that is prone to early breakage.
Here at Melbourne Fridgeworks, we see refrigerators that have sadly broken down prematurely on a regular basis, and we’d like to save your fridge from that same fate. Below are our three fridge maintenance tips so that you can get the most out of it for the longest amount of time possible.
1. Keep the condenser coils clean
Usually found behind or beneath the refrigerator, the condenser coils gather dust, dirt, debris and pet hair. Once dirty, your refrigerator has to work harder to expel heat from the inside of the fridge to the outside, forcing your unit to run longer than usual and the compressor to run hotter than normal.
The result: damage to your compressor and other electrical components in the fridge.
Make a point to pull your fridge away from the wall twice a year, unplug it, and then run your vacuum over the coils with the brush attachment. It’s best to do this right before summer hits to save your fridge from working overtime during the hotter months of the year.
2. Test the door seals
Loose door seals allow the cool air inside your refrigerator to seep out, causing you to waste energy and forcing your fridge to work harder to keep things cool.
When cleaning the coils, take a couple of minutes to clean the seals. A toothbrush with a solution of water and baking soda works well.
We also recommend periodically testing the door seals by taking a piece of paper and closing the door on it so that half of that paper is in the fridge and half is out. If you’re able to remove the paper easily, then it may be time to have your seals looked at by a refrigerator technician.
3. Keep a full fridge (but not too full)
Your refrigerator works through the use of “thermal mass” to keep the internal temperature cool. Cold drinks and food help absorb warm air, reducing the amount of work your fridge has to do to keep its cool temperature.
With that said, it’s just as important not to overload the shelves, the bins, and the door of your refrigerator. This can damage not only these parts of the refrigerator but even cause some serious damage to its seal.
Get your fridge checked out by Melbourne Fridgeworks
Our team of expert refrigerator technicians here at Melbourne Fridgeworks specialise in delivering top-notch in-house refrigerator service and repairs to those in the metro Melbourne area. We can help out with any major brand of domestic freezer and refrigerator and offer additional benefits like emergency servicing and same day repairs.
We invite you to call us with your concerns or to schedule a service today on 0413 740 871.