3 Refrigerator Maintenance Tips

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Your refrigerator is one of the key appliances in your home. A breakdown in this appliance can cause major problems which can result in costly repairs and spoiled food. Taking care of your refrigerator through regular maintenance is the only way to ensure that you do not end up having to repair it regularly or replace it too quickly.

Clean Your Coils

Your refrigerator coils should be cleaned every six months in order to prevent rust and too much dust from gathering on them. Refrigerator coils are important because they prevent your fridge from overheating. If you have pets in the home that shed hair, then the coils should be cleaned every three months. Here is how you should go about cleaning them.

  1. Unplug the refrigerator
  2. Snap off the grill.
  3. Use a shop vacuum with a brush attachment to remove dust from the coils.

Replace Your Water Filter

Your refrigerator's water filter should be changed every six months. Changing your water filter regularly will ensure that you always have clean water and ice. The water filter is located in different areas for different models. You will need to check your owner's manual or go online to the manufacturer's website to find out where your filter is located. You can purchase a filter online or at a hardware store. Once you have replaced your filter, you should run at least two gallons of water through it to remove any residue that may have settled on it during manufacturing, since this can hinder its effectiveness.

Check the Temperature

Refrigerator temperatures should remain constant to prevent food from spoiling and to ensure the longevity of the appliance. The ideal refrigerator temperature is 35 to 38 degrees Fahrenheit. In order to ensure that your refrigerator maintains a constant temperature, do not put food in the fridge that has not cooled to room temperature. Food that is placed in fridge when it is too warm or hot will cause the fridge to work harder to cool down the food. Buy a temperature monitor and place it in your refrigerator so you can always know if your refrigerator is the correct temperature.

Keep your refrigerator in top shape by ensuring that you do all the things listed above. In the long run even if you have to buy a few supplies to keep your refrigerator in good shape it is certainly better than having to pay to repair or replace it.

For more information, contact Appliance Service Station Inc. or a similar company.

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