Hopefully, you all had a great Holiday and are ready to start tackling some of your New Year’s Resolutions! If doing some fixes around the house is at the top of the list, this guide will help you tackle at least one common maintenance project: your fridge or freezer!
Far too frequently, people would rather kick their fridge or freezer to the curb at the sign of any problem. In reality, these appliances have long lifespans, and if it’s still in the prime of its cold life, you should consider rolling up your sleeves and performing some DIY maintenance and repairs. Here are our five tips and tricks to keep your fridge or freezer running in tip-top shape.
Adjust the Thermostat
It may seem obvious, but sometimes the thermostat can be inadvertently adjusted to the warmer range of the spectrum. If you’ve noticed that your fridge or freezer has been running a little warm lately, twist the thermostat knob and see if that corrects the issue.
Check the Door Gasket
If the gasket on the edge of the door is dirty or loose, it could be causing excess cold air to leak out. This not only affects the internal temperature of the fridge or freezer, but it will also cause the fridge to use more energy which could add up significantly over time. Give it a quick wipe down and make sure it is correctly fastened to the door.
You don’t want any excess frost to build up on the inside of your freezer as it takes up precious real estate in the unit and will also cause your freezer to work harder to pump in frosty air. The beginning of a New Year is a great time to clear out those old leftovers and empty out your freezer. Then, unplug the unit and let the excess ice melt away.
If you have a modern freezer, it will most likely have a built-in self-defrosting function. Every eight hours or so, it will automatically heat up the coils to melt away any excess frost accumulation. The water drains into a drip pan at the bottom of the freezer and evaporates.
Clean Your Condenser Coils
The condenser coils on the back of your fridge are prone to accumulating dust and grime over time. If they are covered with dust, they will have a harder time removing heat away from the unit. Pull the fridge out and use a bristle bush and a vacuum cleaner to efficiently remove any excess dirt and you’ll notice improved performance and reduction in energy consumption over time.
Noticed a funky smell coming out of your fridge? Even if you wipe the fridge down, the smell can still linger. The best way to get rid of an unpleasant odor is to use specialized deodorizers meant for fridges. Baking soda works too, but there are more effective methods for getting rid of a nasty odor.
Hopefully, you have found this guide useful. If you are in need of repairs or a replacement, contact us, and we’ll see what we can do for you!