A refrigerator is an electrical appliance that is used for storage of food by keeping its temperatures between 3 to 5 degrees Celsius. It has a compartment that transfers the heat from the internal environment to the external environment. The low temperature reduces the rate of multiplication of the bacteria in the food thus reduces the rate at which it spoils. A refrigerator is an essential household appliance, and its maintenance is vital to avoid inconveniences caused by sudden breakdown.
Refrigerator care tips that can help you avoid costly repairs
Inspect the door seals
When you keep the air inside the unit, you maintain the freshness of food. Broken seals reduce its efficiency. Sealing is not adequate. They should be cleaned and lubricated by sprinkling baby powder then wiping it off. Monthly
cleaning is ideal.
Utilize the refrigerator
A refrigerator will serve you longer when it is in use. When foodstuffs are kept inside, it works well with cooling effects. The fuller it is, the better it cools.
Unplug before working on it
Most electrical appliances, the refrigerator included must be unplugged from the socket before cleaning or carrying out maintenance procedures.
Setting the thermostat
Set it at the temperature of between 3-5 degrees Celsius. This temperature is enough to allow the food to chill, hence reducing the growth of bacteria.
Keeping the door closed
The door to the fridge should be opened only when necessary and for the shortest time possible. This is to reduce the air from getting out, which reduce its efficiency.
Models that use ice for cooling can lead to leakage of melted ice in the electrical components leading to damages.
Cleaning the drips opening
These are openings that allow melted water to evaporate. You need to clean them for efficient usage.
The interior light is off
Investigate when it is off while the refrigerator is running. It could mean a simple change of bulb or a fault in the electrical wiring.
The refrigerator is running but not keeping the food chilled
This indicates that the thermostat is set at a higher temperature than required. It could also point to default in the electrical wiring, that the temperature maintained is not what is set
Cleaning condenser coils
These coils are usually at the back of the refrigerator. With continuous use, it becomes clogged with dirt, thus reducing the efficient release of heat. The refrigerator will then strain by using more energy to achieve the desired cooling effect. This eventually reduces the lifespan of the refrigerator. Clean using a vacuum cleaner or brush that can fit in hard-to-clean areas.