Kitchen Appliances & Fixtures

Refrigerator Maintenance Guide

Don't take it for granted. Like most of us, it can be icky too at times. Take your refrigerator more seriously than you ever did by following our guidelines. Simple and easy, some of these are tips you can follow every time during use or sometime in two weeks and forget about the rest of the time!
Tip 1: A lot of people prefer placing the refrigerator inside the kitchen. This is not good for the refrigerator's longevity. It is ideal to place it from away from direct sunlight and heat sources.

Tip 2: Be sure the refrigerator is at a proper level otherwise the door might not close properly without your noticing it, resulting in dissipation of cool air and thereby loss in storage capability. Most refrigerators have adjustable feet or casters.

Tip 3: Clean the compressor coils every month or so. Some of the models have these coils at the bottom of the appliance, while some older models have them behind. Some built-ins have these coils relegated behind a grille at the top of the unit.

Tip 4: A refrigerator is not meant for you to stand and stare! So before you open the door, you might as well decide what you want to retrieve. Keeping the door open for more than 3 minutes and then scoping out your items is a bad habit that you need to dispense with. This is because every time you open the door, up to 30 percent of the cooled air escapes, hampering the overall cooling capability of your refrigerator.

Tip 5: Use mild detergent and water to clean your refrigerator gasket and freezer doors clean. Never use bleach. What this ensures is maintaining a good seal, preventing in leak of energy.
Tip 6: You can a run a check on whether your gasket is watertight by closing your refrigerator on a bill; in case the bill falls off or can be easily removed with the door closed, you know it's time to replace your gasket. Call your service center and ask them to replace it for you.
Tip 7: It is important to keep your refrigerator compartments filled to keep the temperature fluctuations within in control.

Tip 8: To ensure your refrigerator consumes less energy and maximize the storage life of your food, regulate the temperature at 36 to 38 F and the freezer at no colder than 0 to 5 F.
Frequently defrosting improves energy efficiency. Ice build up inside the freezer leads to overworked compressor and poor temperature inside the freezer. Most refrigerators have automatic defrost feature, if this is absent then manually defrost when ice builds up more than a quarter inch of ice inside the freezer.
Keep the food to be preserved inside closed containers or plastic bags. This minimizes the moisture inside the refrigerator.
Replace paper bags or paper wrappings on preserved foodstuff with plastic bags or alumunium foils or effective cooling.
Do not open the refrigerator too wide and too often.

Tip 9: Cleaning the refrigerator coils and drip pan is also important. Behind the refrigerator, there is some sort of a tubular structure which is the hottest point. It is the part of the equipment where the heat from inside the refrigerator is moved and released into the atmosphere. Effectively, the power consumption would increase and the compressor would be over worked.
Typically, the location of refrigerator is such that the rear side is inaccessible to period dusting. Lack of sufficient space and poor air circulation make them vulnerable to dust.
After removing the electric connection, move the refrigerator to a comfortable position to clean the refrigerator coil gently. A vacuum cleaner can be used to remove the dust settled on them.

Tip 10: Every piece of equipment is designed to perform a pre-determined amount of work, there will be tolerances or cushion for doing a little more. When the limit is crossed, the equipment will start to perform below its actual capacity.
Gaskets are provided at the door or opening to the refrigerator and inside it to the freezer compartment. Gaskets are made of elastic material like rubber. When the door is closed, the gasket gets compressed and thus ensures that there is no air gap. This gasket prevents the cool air from escaping through the clearance between the moving door and the fixed compartment. It is necessary to regularly check for air leaks in the refrigerator. By moving the hand over three sides of the door, the leak can be felt. Due to constant usage, the gaskets lose their elasticity. It does not expand when the doors open and remains compressed. The cool air leaks through the gasket. This indicates that it is time for the gasket to be changed.
To test if it is time to change the gasket, open the door of the refrigerator and hold a sheet of paper between the gasket and the refrigerator frame. It should not fall or move easily if pulled. Repeat the test on all four sides along the gasket. If in some place it is easily pulled then it is time for a change of gasket.
To maintain your gasket in a good condition, wash them with soap water periodically. Then remove the moisture with a dry cloth gently.

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