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October 29, 2017

Home Care and Maintenance Tips for Your Refrigerator

One of the most used appliances at home is your refrigerator, and it is also one of the largest consumers of electricity. Proper preventive maintenance would lead to reduced energy consumption and life extension of your refrigerator. Clean off your refrigerator’s condenser coils which are large and radiator-like coils located beneath or at the back of the unit that is responsible for removing heat from your refrigerator or freezer. Remember that if the condenser coils of your refrigerator is dirty, it will be harder to remove heat causing higher energy expenditure. Use a long-handled bristle brush to remove dust and dirt, and use a vacuum to efficiently and easily clean the coils in order to prevent costly repairs and major problems.

The gasket or rubber door seal of a refrigerator plays a crucial role to seal out warm air entering inside, and it also needs cleaning and replacement as necessary. Clean the gasket periodically using a universal cleaner because gaskets wear and no longer provide enough seal causing your refrigerator to inefficiently work. Within just a few year,s gaskets may loose, weaken, and tear. Defrost your freezer or refrigerator if the frost reach about half an inch, remove all food, turn off the thermostat or unplug the unit, and allow the frost to melt completely. If you have self-defrosting refrigerator, one that heats up condenser coils every 6 to 8 hours melting frost and draining water in a shallow pan at the bottom, it is important to clean the pan to avoid bacterial growth and odors. Clean your refrigerator’s interior every week by using a warm water-dampened cloth and wipe down and remove spills and crumbs from walls and shelves. Seal in odors and keep your food longer by using airtight containers, and for weakly packaged food such as fruit cartons, place them on a plate before storing. There are commercially available wipes and cleaning solution to remove dirt and fingerprint marks for stainless-steel refrigerators.

Refrigerators it unwanted odor, so deodorize it to remove odors and freshen your unit using commercially prepared deodorizers. Replacing of water dispenser or ice maker filter is done every six months. Dd you know that your freezer works better when it is full? That is because the frozen items in your freezer keep the temperature cold inside, thus saving energy from cooling every time. When it comes to the ideal temperature, 0 to 5 degrees Fahrenheit (-18 degrees Celsius) for your freezer, and 36 to 38 degrees Fahrenheit (approximately two degrees Celsius) for your refrigerator. If you need a professional to inspect and repair your refrigerator, you can contact us anytime through our homepage or website. AWG Refrigerator Repair services are always available to help you!

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