With warmer weather right around the corner, you can anticipate that your refrigerator is ready for its annual summer workout. Our Milton appliance repair experts are here to offer some tips to keep your fridge running as efficiently as possible during those summer months.
First, you must consider the age of your fridge. The functional lifespan of a refrigerator is 14 to 17 years and as your fridge ages, its efficiency declines. As one of the most power-hungry appliances in your home, your 10-year-old fridge can be using double or even triple what a new, energy efficient model would use in energy expenditure. You may begin to start thinking about upgrading if your current fridge is over a decade old.
Clean Those Coils
Your condenser coils are what take the warm air away from the fridge and allow it to cool the food inside. When they are covered with dust and dirt, they can’t do their job and this will cause your fridge to use more electricity. Use a long-handled appliance brush to get rid of any dust that has accumulated on the coils of your fridge and make sure to do that every 6 months.
Check the Temperature Setting
Even a couple degrees can make a difference. Make sure your fridge is set to about 40°F and your freezer to 0°F. Any colder is really unnecessary and can be more costly to run.
Check the Door Seals
If your door gaskets are old and worn, you could be losing your chilled air. Put a dollar bill in the door. If it falls out, you probably need to replace your gaskets. Even a thorough cleaning can make a difference as far as your efficiency. Clean your door gaskets periodically with mild soap and water to ensure that you are getting a tight seal.
Keep the Doors Shut
Yes, summer is the time when the fridge goes into overdrive. But try to use the in-door water dispenser and icemaker as often as possible. The more cold air escapes, the harder your fridge must work to get the air back to temperature.
Organize the Interior
If your freezer is stocked up with food that inhibits the air flow through the vents, your fridge is working harder than necessary. It’s the perfect time to let air circulate properly and get rid of some of that food that has become older.
Power Saver Mode
If your fridge has a power saver switch, summer is the perfect time to utilize it. This handy feature reduces condensation and humidity.
Depending on your refrigerator, you may still have manual defrosting. Frost buildup is a waste of valuable energy. If your freezer continually builds up a layer of frost, it may have difficulty maintaining temperature.
When summer rolls around and you see that your fridge may need some professional help, call the Milton appliance repair professionals at MF Appliance Repair. We can probably have your fridge working at its best with one simple service call.