Tips to avoid refrigerator repair.
There are few appliances that put in the kind of work that a refrigerator does. Outside of your hot water heater, only your refrigerator runs twenty-four hours per day, day-in and day-out, and that means any inefficiency in operation is magnified. Continue reading for tips on how to avoid refrigerator repair needs.
As a result, an inefficient refrigerator could cost you a significant amount of money over the long-term. Below are three tips that will help ensure your refrigerator is running at peak efficiency.
Maintain Door Gaskets
One important energy-saving tip when it comes to refrigerators is to maintain the door gaskets. Dirty or bad door gaskets on your refrigerator and freezer doors allow chilled air to pass through, and this forces the appliance to work harder to maintain the temperature at a stable level.
That’s why you should regularly clean the gaskets to remove any residue that will prevent a tight seal between the door and refrigerator. You can use plain warm water mixed with a couple of drops of liquid dish soap to clean the gaskets, or a mild household cleaning product will also work. Avoid using alcohol-based products, since these could dry out the gasket and cause cracking.
If the gasket is already cracked, or feels hard to the touch and will no longer “give” when pressed, you will probably need to replace the gasket. Replacement gaskets can be purchased from your local appliance dealer or service specialist or be quickly installed by SoBellas Home Services.
Clean the Coils on the Back
If you haven’t looked at the back of your refrigerator lately, you probably should take a moment to pull it away from the wall and take a peek. Dirty or dusty coils can also prevent your refrigerator from running as it should.
That’s why you should take a few minutes to clean off the dirt, dust, and cobwebs that accumulate on the back of a refrigerator. This is a critical area where heat from inside the refrigerator is transferred to the air, and any type of debris will hinder this transfer process.
Cleaning isn’t difficult, as all you need to do is use a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment to lightly stroke the coils and suck up debris. However, be careful when cleaning so as not to puncture any refrigerant lines or pull wires loose. In addition, always unplug the refrigerator before performing maintenance on the backside, as you don’t want to risk an electrical shock.
Set the Temperature Properly
A common problem among homeowners is keeping their refrigerators and freezers too cold. While you certainly do not want to keep the refrigerator too warm, since this can cause food to spoil or items to melt inside the freezer, setting the temperature too low is just a waste of money.
To determine if your refrigerator and freezer is set correctly, purchase an inexpensive thermometer designed for measuring refrigeration temperatures and place it inside your unit. It will provide precise information for you and allow you to more accurately set your thermostat inside the refrigerator and/or freezer. Be sure to allow the thermometer to remain in place at least 24 hours inside both the refrigerator compartment and freezer before taking readings.
In general, a refrigerator should be set at 40 degrees Fahrenheit while a freezer should be set just at zero degrees. This the optimum temperature level for both energy efficiency and food safety and will keep your energy bill lower while also protecting you from foodborne illness.
If you have questions about your refrigerator’s efficiency, or if you need help with repairing or servicing an old appliance, be sure to contact SoBellas Home Services for assistance with refrigerator repair. Our reputation for service is top-notch, and we are eager to serve you in any way we can.