Tips For Your Appliances to help avoid Refrigerator Repair.
Like all of your kitchen appliances, you should conduct regular maintenance on your refrigerator. By taking care of your refrigerator, you can extend the life of your unit and lower your energy bills. Here are several tips to keep your refrigerator running and avoid refrigerator repair:
Keep the inside of the refrigerator clean: Keeping your refrigerator clean will keep surfaces in good condition and stop bacteria and mold from growing in your refrigerator. Clean up any spills as soon as possible. Throw away any old or rotting food. Make sure to properly cover and store any raw meats. Every now and then, wipe down all inside surfaces.
Check your door seals: Refrigerator door seals are important because they keep cool air from escaping. Check your seals regularly to see if they are in good shape and clean them every few months. If the seals are damaged, not sealing properly, or letting air escape, have them inspected. If you aren’t certain if the seals are broken, try the dollar bill test. Take a dollar bill, close the refrigerator door on the dollar bill, and try to remove the dollar bill. If the bill slides out without any problem, your seal may need to be replaced.
Inspect your condenser coils: Your condenser coils need to stay clean. Coils are located in different places on different models (such as behind a refrigerator or on the bottom front of the unit). If they are covered with dust or anything else, your refrigerator will not run as efficiently. Twice a year, unplug your refrigerator and clean your coils with a vacuum cleaner (you can buy an attachment made to clean refrigerator coils). Also, check your coils to see if they are damaged and may need to be repaired.
Check if there are broken parts: You might not think about it, but the inside of your refrigerator can break down from years of use. Opening and closing drawers, storing heavy items, or moving around shelves or dividers can wear out interior drawers and storage units. Check the inside of your refrigerator regularly for damage. If you see any problems, repair or replace them as soon as possible.
Check your drip pan: Refrigerators have drip pans located at the bottom of the unit to catch water. While the water evaporates, you still need to regularly clean the drip pan. Every six months, remove the drip pan and clean it. In addition, check the drain hole that leads to the drip pan and make sure it isn’t clogged.
Make sure that your refrigerator is level: If your refrigerator isn’t level, your doors may not shut properly. Check the top of the unit with a level. If the refrigerator isn’t level, adjust the feet on the bottom of the unit. If necessary, replace any broken feet.
Change your water filter every six months: If your refrigerator has a water filter, make sure to replace it every six months. (Most refrigerators with ice makers have them). Check your owner’s manual to find out the location of your water filter.
Review your owner’s manual: Every refrigerator is different and may have specific maintenance requirements. Check your owner’s manual to make sure that you are doing all necessary maintenance.
Schedule repairs quickly: If your refrigerator breaks down, make sure to get it repaired as soon as possible. Ignoring a mechanical problem can lead to the refrigerator breaking down sooner than it should. Avoid these problems by getting your refrigerator repaired as soon as possible.
If you have questions about maintaining your refrigerator or need to have your unit repaired, contact us today for any refrigerator repair. Our experienced technicians can answer all of your questions and help you figure out the best plan to keep your appliances running for years to come.