This article looks at some simple maintenance procedures for ensuring that your fridge is running as efficiently as possible.
In the current difficult economic times, an increasing number of people are looking to extend the life of their appliances rather than replace them as soon as a part breaks or they stop working so well. Fridges can be expensive, however, with some simple maintenance steps you can increase the longevity of yours and keep it running efficiently for longer.
It is a good idea to examine your fridge regularly and check that everything is working as it should. If fridge parts such as shelves are broken or the internal light no longer works, then consider replacing them, as fridge spare parts are readily available.
Also check that your fridge is level. If it’s not, then the doors may not close fully and this will prevent the seal from functioning fully. As a result, your fridge will be using up more energy than it should, costing you money.
There are several areas that should be cleaned regularly to maximise the efficiency of your fridge. The condenser coils (either located underneath or behind your fridge) will have to work harder if they are dusty. Regularly cleaning them, either by dusting or sweeping them, will help prolong their life and minimise the energy that they use.
Also make sure that you regularly clean the drain hole and the drip pan in your fridge. Most fridges have these to help remove condensation. They can, however, get blocked with food deposits and mineral deposits arising from condensation. Remove any visible particles and clean to ensure that there is no build up.
Remember the Gaskets
The gaskets are a vitally important part of your fridge, so take care of them. They are designed to keep the cool air seeping out from your fridge and freezer and prevent warmer air getting in. They, therefore, have a big impact on how much energy your fridge needs to function. Regularly clean out any food that has become caught in the seal. Make sure that the seal is still intact and is not broken or beginning to crack anywhere. If it is, or if it is becoming worn and not working as well, then replace it.
The Water Filter
If your fridge has a water dispenser or ice maker, then you will also need to remember to change the water filter. Change it at least every six months, or more frequently if the manual tells you otherwise or if you notice a build up.
Your fridge has to work hard. It is on continuously and has to adjust itself to changes in the outside temperature. By taking some simple steps, you can help it perform as efficiently as possible. Not only will this make it last for longer, it will also require less energy to function and this will have an impact on your energy bills too.
Mary Yohanan writes about home maintenance for a range of DIY websites and blogs. She is particularly interested in helping others prolong the life of their appliances, for example, by replacing fridge shelves or water filters or carrying out basic maintenance.