Conditioning For Your Refrigerator and Freezer Summer Workout
Temperatures outside are rising. Don’t force your refrigerator and freezer to struggle to stay frigid in the heat. Appliance maintenance can mean avoiding a repair or complete breakdown and experiencing inconvenience and the loss of expensive food. Here are some tips to make sure your refrigerator and freezer are in condition for their summer workout.
1. Stay Cool
The FDA recommends that refrigerator temperature be maintained at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below. At 32 degrees Fahrenheit, items will begin to freeze. Over 40 degrees Fahrenheit will allow harmful bacteria to grow. Freezers should be at 0 degrees Fahrenheit. You may need to use a digital thermometer to assure that the temperatures are registering accurately.
2. Stay Clean
In many homes, the kitchen is a high traffic area. Dust and dirt can quickly accumulate at the bottom or back of your appliances where condenser coils are found. Check your owner’s manual if you are unsure of their location. Refrigerator maintenance requires that coils be cleaned at least once per year, but it is wise to check your unit more often. To clean the coils, you should unplug the unit. Use the brush attachment of a vacuum cleaner to carefully remove the dust. A paintbrush is a handy tool to remove stubborn dirt. If your unit has a fan visible, vacuum that carefully as well. Be sure that all lines and cords are not kinked when placing the unit back into position.
3. Stay Hydrated
To maintain freezer temperature and refrigerator efficiency, simply keeping the appliances about three-fourths filled should reduce energy consumption. Jugs of water will retain the cold if you don’t have the groceries to take up space.
4. Stay Fast
Your appliances are trying to maintain temperature through the added opening and closing of doors that warm weather brings. A tight seal is integral to keeping the cold in. To test the seal, place a piece of paper at the edge of the refrigerator and shut the door. There should be some resistance as you pull the paper out, indicating the seal is holding fast. If not, contact your appliance repair specialist.
Avoiding refrigerator repair and freezer repair by paying some attention to their maintenance will save you money and aggravation in the long run. Help your appliances go the distance.