With a combined 50+ years of experience, the team at Morris County Appliance Repair knows a thing or two when it comes to refrigerator maintenance. If you want to avoid future repairs and keep your refrigerator running like new, it’s important to regularly check its functionality. Follow these 4 simple tips to make sure your unit is operating smoothly and efficiently:
1) Set the correct temperature.
This will not only keep your food fresh, but it will also ensure that your refrigerator isn’t exerting unnecessary energy. Regardless of the type, your thermometer should be set between 37 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
2) Keep it full.
Although this may seem counter-intuitive, refrigerators run more efficiently when they are full. An adequate amount of thermal mass will help your unit absorb any warm air that may enter when you open the doors. If you can’t seem to keep your fridge full, a helpful trick is to store jugs of water inside to make the most of your space.
3) Check the door seal.
You should be performing a seal inspection a few times a year to make sure your fridge door is air-tight. Try closing a dollar bill in the door so that half of the bill is sticking out; then, pull on the bill. If it slips out too easily, your energy efficiency may be jeopardized.
4) Clean the coils.
Dust and other debris can build up on the condenser coils located at the back of your fridge, which can ultimately cause it to work harder than necessary. By periodically vacuuming or dusting these coils, you can help improve your unit’s functionality.
If you follow these 4 simple steps, your refrigerator should be running like new—and if an issue should arise, you know who to call!