Refrigerator and Freezer Maintenance Tips

You know your refrigerator is one of the most important appliances in your home, but did you know that skipping regular maintenance can greatly decrease the lifespan of your fridge and freezer?

Keeping up with your refrigerator doesn't have to be daunting. Performing a few simple tasks will help you avoid costly repairs and replacements and keep your fridge and freezer running well for years to come.

Wipe out the inside.

This may seem obvious, but keeping the inside of your refrigerator/freezer clean will help eliminate odors and keep food fresher, longer. A simple baking soda with water solution will work — avoid using abrasive cleaners.

Clean the coils.

This simple task can make a huge difference. Since most kitchens are considered high-traffic rooms, coils tend to collect a lot of dust. Any buildup will force your fridge to work harder — and drive up your energy bills in the process.

It's important to vacuum the coils found behind (or sometimes beneath) your fridge. Just remove the grill at the bottom of your fridge to locate the coils. Most manufacturers recommend you do this every three months, or every month for pet owners.

Change the water filter.

If your refrigerator has an ice maker or water dispenser, remember to change the filter regularly. Filters need to be replaced about every six months, and it's worth the expense: unfiltered water is often cleaner before going through a dirty filter!

Check the gaskets.

Refrigerant gaskets are the strips around the door that keep your fridge and freezer sealed shut, making them one of the most vital components to maintain. Test to see if they're working efficiently by shutting a dollar bill in the door. If you can pull it out easily, it may be time to replace the gaskets. To ensure they stay effective, wipe them down regularly with all-purpose cleaner or vinegar to avoid the buildup of mildew.

Before performing any maintenance, read your manufacturer's instructions and adhere to their guidelines, as different models have unique needs. These simple tasks will help keep your refrigerator running efficiently and your energy bill in check.

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