Often with the start of a new year comes New Year’s Resolutions. Whether you are revamping your workouts, your diet, or your sleep habits, January is a great time to renew commitments. This includes commitment to your appliances! With a little upkeep now, you can keep your refrigerator running smoothly with these four resolutions.
Check the Seal
The seal, or gasket, on a refrigerator is the vinyl strip that forms a seal between the cabinet and the doors. It keeps the fridge running efficiently by keeping room-temperature air out, and chilled air in.
You can perform a simple test to check the seal by shutting a dollar bill between the seal and the door. Once the door is shut, pull the dollar bill out of the fridge door. If there is tension when you pull, you’ve got a good seal. Try this test in several different spots along the seal.
If this little test proves your seal is lackluster, it may not be flexible enough. Try applying a vinyl conditioner or a thin film of petroleum jelly. Also, be sure to wipe up any spills before they stick and cause the seal to tear. This will also maintain flexibility and prevent odors.
If you notice the gasket is loose or torn, it’s time to replace it. This can be tricky to do, so be sure to call Peter’s Appliance.
Dirt, dust, and hair collect on the condenser coils and condenser fan which can sabotage efficiency and potentially cause bigger problems. Maintain proper airflow by cleaning the condenser coils and fan.
First, be sure to unplug your refrigerator before trying to clean these parts. The condenser coils are usually located at the back of the fridge or across the bottom. If the coils are at the bottom of the fridge, it’s likely the fan will be there too.
To clean, remove the back panel of the refrigerator. Then with a vacuum and soft brush, remove any buildup. Do this carefully and avoid damaging the coils or fan.
It’s likely the hinges on your refrigerator get plenty of action, which is why it’s also important to make sure that the hinges are in good shape and have proper lubrication.
Wear and tear is normal, but occasionally using some food-grade lubrication on the hinges and checking for any damage on the top and bottom hinges will prolong the overall life of your fridge.
Bins, Shelfs and Retainer Bars
Now that the outside has had the once over, take a look inside. Quickly wipe up any spills or crumbs and inspect the bins, shelf end caps, and retainer bars. Check any glass shelves, crisper drawers and drawer slides. Look for anything broken, cracked, unstable or defective. As soon as you notice any of these problems, it’s a good idea to replace or fix it to prevent any further damage.
Doing these simple steps will help maintain the longevity of your refrigerator all year long.