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Preventive Maintenance for Home Refrigerators

One of the most used appliances at home is your refrigerator, and it is also one of the largest consumers of electricity. Proper preventive maintenance would lead to reduced energy consumption and life extension of your refrigerator. Clean off your refrigerator’s condenser coils which are large and radiator-like coils located beneath or at the back of the unit that is responsible for removing heat from your refrigerator or freezer. When dirt and dust cling to the condenser coils, it is harder for your refrigerator to remove heat. You can use a vacuum and a long-handled bristle brush to remove dust and dirt, to prevent problems and high repair costs in the future.

It is important to clean and replace the rubber door seal or gasket as needed. It is important to clean the gasket regularly to prevent wear out, and to keep the seal intact for a smooth working refrigerator or freezer. Gaskets can easily weaken, tear, and loosen within just a few years, so your refrigerator will have difficulty removing warm air entering its interior. Defrost your freezer or refrigerator if the frost reach about half an inch, remove all food, turn off the thermostat or unplug the unit, and allow the frost to melt completely. If you have self-defrosting refrigerator, one that heats up condenser coils every 6 to 8 hours melting frost and draining water in a shallow pan at the bottom, it is important to clean the pan to avoid bacterial growth and odors. Clean your refrigerator’s interior every week by using a warm water-dampened cloth and wipe down and remove spills and crumbs from walls and shelves. Using airtight containers to seal in odors and to keep food fresher is also a good idea. Use specifically designed wipes and cleaning solution for stainless-steel refrigerators to remove dirt as well as fingerprint marks.

You can remove odors and freshen your refrigerator by using a commercially-prepared deodorizer that is fifty times more effective than using baking soda because it can last up to 6 months. You also need to replace the water dispenser or ice maker filter every six months. Are you aware the refrigerators and freezers work better when they are full? That is because the frozen items in your freezer keep the temperature cold inside, thus saving energy from cooling every time. The ideal temperature for your refrigerator is 36 to 38 degrees Fahrenheit (approximately two degrees Celsius), and 0 to 5 degrees Fahrenheit (-18 degrees Celsius) for your freezer. If you need a professional to inspect and repair your refrigerator, you can contact us anytime through our homepage or website. Trust AWG Repair for your appliance repair needs!

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