4 Maintenance Tips To Extend The Life Of Your Refrigerator

A refrigerator is a crucial appliance in any kitchen and can last for approximately twelve to fourteen years or more if it is properly maintained. By choosing a reputable brand, you should acquire a warranty for the unit if purchased new. It will also lower your power bill if it is kept in clean and in good running condition. The key is a good maintenance schedule.

Tip #1: Keep The Coils Clean

The refrigerator cannot properly cool its contents without clean condenser coils. If they become layered with dust and other debris, the unit will have to work double-time to remove the heat from the refrigerator. Therefore it is important to clean them frequently with a vacuum to ensure you have removed all of the dust particles.

Tip #2: Defrosting The Freezer

For older units that are not frost-free (manual-defrost), should be cleaned annually or before the ice buildup exceeds one-quarter inch. You should unplug the refrigerator and remove the food. You can speed up the process by adding a pan of hot water inside the freezer. This should not take more than two hours. You can then wipe it out and replace the food.

It is much simpler with frost-free units that don't require the above steps because it does it automatically. The water drains into a pan under the unit. The pan will need to be occasionally cleaned to prevent any bacteria growth from food or other debris that might have been spilled in the bottom of the unit. Most refrigerators have a pop-out grill so you can easily remove the pan.

This is a chore that should be done at least every six months to keep the inside of the unit, including the freezer section, clean. Empty out the box to ensure you haven't got anything left over in a corner waiting to stink. You can use an all-purpose cleaner to clean the entire box. Rinse it thoroughly and use a rag to wipe down the area before the unit is plugged back in.

Tip #3: Change The Ice Maker and/or Water Dispenser Filter

If you do, you should change the filter approximately every six months.

Tip #4: Keep The Gaskets Healthy

Be sure to keep the gaskets for the refrigerator and freezer unit in good working condition. If you notice any cracks, they should be replaced immediately. You can clean them with soap and water or a natural cleaner of vinegar and water.

For more information, contact Cape Cod Appliance Service or a similar company.