An appliance we can’t live without is — first and foremost — our refrigerator! We use our refrigerator multiple times on a daily basis, so we need it to run smoothly and efficiently. Here are a few easy tasks you can do to ensure the effectiveness and long life of your most used appliance.
Check the door seals to make sure there is no food residue and that the seals close properly. A clever way to do this is to close a dollar bill in the door, making sure half of the bill is inside the unit and half is outside the door. If the bill slips out easily, then your seals are not working properly. Loose seals will allow cold air to escape, requiring extra energy and making the unit work harder. Both of these undesirable effects will put a hit on your wallet.
Clean the coils of your refrigerator twice a year. Pull the unit away from the wall, unplug it and use the soft brush attachment of your vacuum to clean any accumulated dust from the coils.
The more food or “stuff” that is in your refrigerator, the better it works! If you need to, put a few jugs of water in the refrigerator to help fill it up. When you open the door, cold air gets out and warm air gets into your refrigerator. When there are more items in your refrigerator, there is less space for the warm air to go, and those already cold items will absorb that warm air quickly. Also make sure hot food has cooled off before you put it in the refrigerator, so your refrigerator does not have to work so hard to cool the food.
Keep the temperature between 36 and 38 degrees Fahrenheit and your freezer at 0 degrees for best results.
If your power goes out, try to minimize opening the refrigerator. Food will stay cold longer the less cold air escapes from your unit.
Finally, consider purchasing a new refrigerator if your unit is 20 years old or more. Older models use more than three times the electricity than newer units use.
These simple tasks will help your refrigerator run better and longer!