Wondering how to maintain a refrigerator and why you should do it? Your refrigerator is probably the most hardworking appliance in your home because it runs 24×7 all year long. It safely stores vegetables,fruits,dairy products,chocolates,juices,water,leftovers, and more.Just a couple of hours of power supply failure or breakdown can lead to spoilt fruits and milk. So, no one wants their refrigerator to break down in the middle of hot summers (or any season for that matter). Hence, keeping the refrigerator in tip-top condition is in everyone’s own best interest. Spending a few minutes once every few days and regular maintenance will help the refrigerator run efficiently and save you from sudden breakdowns and related services costs. In this article, we will teach the top ten tips to maintain a refrigerator.
1. Don’t Forget To Close The Refrigerator’s Door Quickly
Well, this tip sounds very obvious, but it is equally important. If you keep the door open for a long time, the fridge loses its ambient temperature, and it has to work harder to cool things down again, which only means higher power consumption and electricity bills. If it helps, think about what you need from the refrigerator beforehand and then open the door so that you can get things done quickly and close the door as soon as possible. Once you’re done storing or removing things from your refrigerator, close the refrigerator’s door properly. This helps the refrigerator in maintaining the temperature without working too hard.
2. Check The Refrigerator’s Door Seal (Gasket)
Speaking of closing the door, sometimes the door’s gasket can get deteriorated (cracked, hardened, or warped) and leak cold air even if you close the door, leading to higher energy consumption. This form of wear and tear can happen over the course of a few years or due to bad maintenance. Hence, you should periodically check the condition of the door’s gasket.An easy way to check if the gasket is sealing the door properly is to keep a coin between the door and the compartment. Close the door in such a way that half of the coin is inside and the other half is visible to you. If the coin slips out easily, it means that the gasket isn’t sealing properly, and you should call a professional service engineer to get it fixed.
3. Always Set The Correct Temperature For Efficient Cooling
Most refrigerators offer a way to set the temperature, and it is essential to set and maintain the right temperature for efficient cooling. If your refrigerator doesn’t offer a proper number-based system to set the temperature, it most likely has a scale-based system. In that case, it is generally a good idea to keep the scale to its medium or normal level. You should follow the refrigerator’s manual for more details and recommended temperature settings.
4. Arrange & Cover Items In The Refrigerator Properly
You should cover the items inside the refrigerator and arrange them properly. Try to store the food and other things inside plastic containers with securely fitting tops. This helps in minimizing the moisture inside the refrigerator and prevents odors from migrating throughout the compartment and creating a funny smell. Properly arranging items in the fridge will also help you store and remove them faster, which means that you won’t have to keep the door open for a longer time.
5. Don’t Block The Vents Inside The Refrigerator
There should be enough clearance between the refrigerator’s vents and things that are stored inside the fridge. This helps cool air to pass through as it should. If anything blocks the vents, it creates an inefficient environment inside the refrigerator, forcing it to work harder to keep things cool.