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Refrigerator repairs can be expensive. That’s why the Appliance Doctor of Nashville recommends a regular program of refrigerator maintenance. Regular refrigerator maintenance will keep your refrigerator running at peak performance, minimize repairs and reduce your electricity bill.
Refrigeration has come a long was since people used ice or snow to keep their food cold. No doubt, Oliver Evans, inventor of the modern refrigerator, had no idea how commonplace kitchen refrigerators would become when he designed the first refrigeration machine way back in 1805. Today’s modern refrigerators have grown in size, variety and complexity since the “ice boxes” of the 20’s and 30’s, and so have their repairs.
Here are some refrigerator maintenance tips to keep your kitchen’s high-traffic helper running cold and efficient:
1. Check Your Refrigerator's Door Gaskets.
Loose, cracked or dirty door seals cause your refrigerator to waste energy and work harder, costing you money. Wipe down your door seals with warm water and a sponge regularly. Don’t use detergent as they can dry out door seals and cause them to wear out prematurely.
2. Clean the Condenser and Coils Regularly.
Your refrigerator’s condenser and coils can easily become covered dust keeping them from cooling efficiently. It’s a good idea to vacuum these coils every 4-6 months to keep your refrigerator running at its peak performance. If you notice your fridge cycles on-and-off constantly, dirty condenser coils may be the cause.
3. Maintain the Proper Temperature.
Keep your fridge set between 37 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit and the freezer at 0 degrees.
4. A Full Fridge is a Happy Fridge!
Refrigerators need thermal mass to maintain low temperatures. Simply put, the more items you have in your refrigerator, the less easier it is for your fridge to keep a steady temperature. These items store the cold and assist your fridge maintain a steady temperature. If you’re the type that likes to eat out more often than not, try keeping jugs of fruit juice, water or cans/bottles of beer in your fridge to help it out.
5. Replace Your Refrigerator's Water Filter.
Refrigerators with an ice-maker or water dispenser have a water filter that needs to be replaced every 6-months. Think of it as a present for your refrigerator that benefits you by keeping your water and ice cubes sparkling and without an after-taste. Replacing the water filter also keeps the water line free of mineral deposits and other particulate that can clog the line.
6. Clean the Drip Pan and Drain Hole.
Many refrigerators have a drip pan and drain hole at the base of their internal enclosure to collect spills and condensation. Keeping the drain hole clear and drip pan clean will keep your refrigerator odors to a minimum.
It’s a good idea to read the manual (RTM) that came with your refrigerator to see if there are any additional maintenance recommendations for your refrigerator. No one knows your refrigerator like the manufacturer, and your helpful appliance repair professional at Kevin Grace’s Authorized Appliance Repair.
When All Else Fails
Thankfully, the Appliance Doctor of Nashvillle makes house calls.
Sometimes you can’t account for everything. Even with a regular program of maintenance, repairs may still be necessary. Even the best refrigerator can fail and require servce. When you need a refrigerator repaired, a call to the Appliance Doctor of Nashville will have your refrigerator up and running to peak performance. Let our experienced refrigerator repair professionals make your day brighter, we're here to serve.
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