Every type of household technology requires basic maintenance to keep them running properly. That includes even low-maintenance tech devices like your refrigerator. Failure to follow a few simple procedures can greatly shorten your refrigerator’s useful lifespan. Here’s what you need to do.
Dust the Condenser Coils
One of the most common causes of refrigerator malfunction is dust on the condenser coils. Not only do dirty coils cause the refrigerator to have to work harder, it also increases the amount of electricity your refrigerator uses. That leads to higher electric bills. Every three months or so pull the fridge away from the wall to expose the coils for cleaning. Some models have the coils on the bottom, which means you will have to remove the grill in front first.
The refrigeration process causes condensation inside that is drained by the use of a drain hole and a drip pan. Every time you clean the coils, take a minute to make sure no food or mineral deposits have caused clogging. The instruction manual that came with your refrigeration unit will suggest the best way of cleaning them.
Gasket seals are the strips on the freezer and fridge doors that seal in the cold air and prevent warm air from leaking in. If you notice that they have become brittle, cracked or otherwise damaged, then you should replace them. A common trick is to put a dollar bill in the door and see if it stays in place when you close it. If the bill slips, your gasket seals need replacing. You can find ones suited to your fridge model by consulting a firm specializing in commercial refrigerator parts.
The Water Filter
Every six months or so your refrigerator’s water filter will need replacement. A dirty water filter has the effect of making the dirty water passing through it even dirtier. Also, make sure your refrigerator is standing on level ground. That will make sure that your water filter, drains and seals are all working properly. An unbalanced fridge cannot perform to full capacity.
Simple but Effective
These simple tips may seem trivial, but it’s attention to the details that determine whether your refrigerator survives its intended lifespan. Consult your owner’s manual to determine if there are other tasks needed to keep your specific model working at peak performance.