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How to Maintain Your Refrigerator

Simple maintenance and cleaning procedures can greatly extend the life and efficiency of your refrigerator. Here’s how you can keep your fridge running well now and for years to come.

Clean the Condenser Coils. Dusty condenser coils cause a refrigerator to work harder; which translates into bigger energy bills and a shorter life expectancy for the fridge. To prevent this from happening, use a vacuum or broom to remove dust build-up from the coils every three months (once a month if you have pets).

Clean the Drain Hole and Drip Pan. Most refrigerators rely on a drain hole and drip pan to remove condensation, so it’s important that these function properly. Remove any food particles and mineral deposits from the drain hole according to the instructions in your owner’s manual. Then, scrub out the drain pan.

Check and Clean the Gaskets. The gaskets on the refrigerator and freezer doors are designed to seal the cool air in and to keep the warm air out – vital to the efficiency of your fridge. So, it’s important to make sure that the seal is as strong as it should be. Clean the gasket with an all-purpose cleaner, and wipe dry.

Change the Water Filter. Replace your filter every six months or as recommended by the owner’s manual. Need a little incentive to shell out for a new filter? Then consider this: water pulled through a dirty filter is often dirtier than before it was filtered.

Check for the Level. If your refrigerator isn’t leveled the doors may not close on their own or may not seal as tightly as they’re supposed to – yet another opportunity for energy loss. Check to see if your fridge is leveled, by placing a carpenter’s level on top of your unit. Then, if necessary, adjust the feet (by hand or with a wrench) until you achieve level.

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