Your refrigerator is the hardest working appliance in your home, and probably the most important too. It’s on 24/7, plus it keeps your food safe to eat! By showing just a little care and attention, you can extend the life of this trusty stalwart for many years to come.
Keep the coils behind the appliance clean
The condenser coils on your refrigerator are crucial in keeping the temperature inside cool. However, over time they can collect a serious amount of dust if left unchecked. Keeping these clean will put less stress on the condenser and will ultimately extend the life of your refrigerator. Just remember, it’s best to unplug the appliance when cleaning the coils, and a vacuum or brush is the best tool for the job.
Keep your fridge full
Well, as much as you can, at least. A fuller fridge has less air to keep cool, so doesn’t have to work quite as hard as a sparsely populated appliance. That said, don’t go cramming it full to bursting—good airflow is important for efficient refrigerator operation.
Don’t block the vents
Airflow is very important in terms of keeping your refrigerator running smoothly. The air vents inside the appliance play a key role in maintaining this airflow, so make sure you don’t block them with food items or drinks cartons.
Keep door seals clean
Of course, keeping your refrigerator clean in general is a good idea, but the door seals are especially important. These are what keep the cool air in and the warm air out. Any break in this seal caused by food residue or liquid will mean your appliance has to work harder to keep the air inside at the right temperature. Also keep an eye out for any tears or cracks in the door seals—if you do spot any, the seal will need replacing.
Keep it away from the heat
Heat sources like ovens, dishwashers or direct sunlight will make your fridge’s compressor work in overdrive. The compressor is the main part of a refrigerator and most times it’s not worth fixing it once it’s broken down. Overworking it shortens its and your refrigerator’s lifespan.
So there it is. Following a few simple steps can help keep your refrigerator in top condition for many years to come.