How-To: Extending The Life Of Your Refrigerator
Keep your fridge in peak operating condition with these tips and tricks
It's safe to say that the refrigerator is one of the most important appliances we have at home—it is where we store food, drinks and we can even use it for a few cleaning hacks. However, like every other gadget, it's not invincible. Without regular cleaning and maintenance, it may need repair more often which can sum up to a huge amount. To make sure your fridge is always in mint condition, here are a few practices you should incorporate into your cleaning routine:
1. Change the condenser coils twice a year.
The best (and easiest!) way to extend the life of your fridge is to clean or change the condenser coils regularly as this is where dirt builds up the most. It's easy enough to do on your own—the coils are usually hidden behind a vanity grill at the bottom of the unit—but you can also turn to a pro to do the work for you.
2. Keep it on the correct temperature settings.
Constantly changing the cooling and freezing points of your fridge can cause it to retire early. Unless you absolutely need to adjust it for cleaning or maintenance, keep it between 37-40 °F (around 3 to 4 °C) which is the best setting for quality food preservation.
3. Make sure the door is closed properly.
We're all familiar with this situation: we grab a snack or a drink from the fridge, shut the door and assume it's closed only to find out an hour later that it is slightly open. This is usually a gasket issue—the rubber piece that goes along the edge of the doors to seal the refrigerator. Make sure to clean it at least once a month with a mix of water and baking soda.
4. Fix and organize the items inside your fridge.
In order to keep food fresh and safe to eat, the cold air needs to circulate inside the fridge properly. If your unit is too crowded, some produce might spoil faster than it's supposed to. Make sure there's enough space between bottles and containers.
5. Don't forget to clean the fridge exterior.
Wipe down the outside of the refrigerator on a weekly basis with an all-purpose cleaner or a mixture of water and dishwashing liquid to get rid of stains, grease and handprints immediately.
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