Refrigerator repairs are inconvenient. All major appliances in your home are important as they each serve a purpose. The refrigerator is one of the most important appliances. It’s the place you go for cold drinks on hot summer days.
But, more than keeping your water cold, it keeps your food safe from spoiling. When it’s not working your refrigerator costs you money. You bought food, cooked it and without storage to keep it cold you’ll have wasted your money.
Follow the tips below to keep your refrigerator working for you.
- Each month take two hours to clean your refrigerator. The shelves and drawers need regular cleaning. This way you’ll stop terrible odors from starting. It’s a good idea to wipe up any spills right away to avoid unpleasant smells.
- Wash everything with warm, soapy water. It’s best to avoid using harsh chemicals since dish liquid soap is ideal. Stay away from scented citrus cleaners. They can become a part of your refrigerator smell affecting the taste of your food.
- Remove all perishable items first setting them out of the way. Then take out each removable part and clean it. Use a sponge or soft cloth to wipe down the ceiling, door and walls. When wiping down the door you’ll see a gasket. The gasket is the flexible elastic strip attached to the outer edge of the refrigerator door. It’s intended to form an air-tight seal to keep your food cold. It needs gentle cleaning.
When your door doesn’t stay closed and nothing’s blocking it the gasket could be the problem. Inspect it for cracks or tears. A damaged gasket can be an expensive refrigerator repair. It costs between $200 to $400 dollars on average to replace.
Maintaining Your Appliance Reduces Refrigerator Repairs
- Don’t forget to clean the drip pan. It’s located in the bottom of the refrigerator. You’ll need to remove the grill immediately in front of it. Then slide the pan forward to remove. The drip pan catches the condensation from your freezer. Keep it clean so it continues to do its job.
- Last on the list is the condenser coil. It’s located on the outside back of the refrigerator. This coil handles the actual cooling of your refrigerator. When it’s not maintained it doesn’t do its job as well. When it works harder to cool your refrigerator, the coil needs more electricity. More electricity means a higher utility bill for you. Check and clean the coil each month so you aren’t spending more than needed to cool your refrigerator.
Your refrigerator makes life easier. It keeps food cold and safe from spoiling. Regular cleanings stop odors and keep your refrigerator in good working order. This way you avoid unexpected, costly repairs.
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