Keeping Your Refrigerator Running Its Best
Refrigerators are the most important appliance in the Kitchen. Many home owners make sure to keep the inside of their refrigerators clean but often don't think about the best practices that can help keep their fridge running it's best.
Best practices for a healthy refrigerator
A healthy refrigerator keeps food cold more efficiently while using less electricity. By following these good habits, you can help ensure to keep it running it's best for years.
- Check the back of your fridge for build up on your coilsYour refrigerator's condensor coils release heat as a byproduct of keeping your food cold. Typically your condensor coils are located on the back of your refrigerator which is a prime area for dust, pet hair and anything else you can imagine to accumulate. You want to keep these coils clear of any debris to make sure they are performing their best and not wasting energy by working extra hard. The best way to clean your coils is to gently vacuum them using your brush attachment. You will need to move your refrigerator away from the wall so use extra caution when moving a large appliance. Some refrigerator coils are accessed by removing the vent grill found on the lower-front area of the appliance. Depending on how dusty your home is, your coils should be cleaned every couple of months allowing them to work at their peak efficiency.
- Keep hot food out of the fridgePutting hot leftover food into your refrigerator raises the inside temperature. This makes the cooling system work extra to maintain the desired temperature. Let your leftover food cool as close to room temperature as possible, making sure not to let it spoil, before you cover and put it in the fridge.
- Keep the doors shutWhen you are putting away your groceries, keep the doors shut as much as possible. Gather all items that are going in the refrigerator first. That way you can quickly put them all away without having the door open while you search through your bags. This keeps the inside temperature cooler allowing the condensor to work less.
- Keep your refigerator away from heat sourcesIf you have the flexibilty, keeping your refrigerator away from radiators, floor heaters and ovens will help extend the life of the condensor. Artificially raising the temperature around a regrigerator makes the unit work harder to keep the inside temperature down causing un needed wear and tear on the motor.
- Keep the air flowing and the doors sealedA packed refrigerator can reduce the air flow needed to work optimally. Try not to over-stuff your refrigerator and make sure the air vents are not blocked, especially in the freezer. To keep the cold air in, make sure you keep the door seals clean from build up by wiping them down with warm water and a rag. This keeps the seal tight holding in the cold air.
Cleaning the inside of your refrigerator
When it comes to maintaining the health of your refrigerator, keeping the inside clean should be a scheduled maintenance item. A good way to clean your refrigerator (and keep it clean) is to take it in sections. Break your fridge into 4 sections. Each week, clean a section by taking the food out and wiping it down with dish soap and warm water. If you have a hard to erase stain, you can try baking soda or a cleaner. Make sure to follow the directions if you use a cleaner. Cleaning it in sections reduces the amount of work time it takes to keep the interior of your refrigerator clean and also reduces the amount of time your doors are open.
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