While there may be an unforeseen issue that can’t be stopped, there are also ways that you can maintain your refrigerator and hopefully avoid a visit from the repairman. Here are a few things you can do at home to keep your fridge running efficiently.
Clean the Condenser Coils
Condenser coils are extremely important to your refrigerator. These coils look a lot like radiator coils and can be found on the back or at the bottom of the refrigerator. These coils are responsible for cooling the refrigerant, and over time, the coils can collect dust, hair, and other debris. This buildup will cause the fridge to work harder than it has to, leading to higher energy bills and potentially expensive repairs over time. About twice a year, take a vacuum and brush to the coils to remove the dust that has collected. If you have shedding pets, you may want to check for frequently.
Clean the Door Gasket
We put a lot of stuff in our refrigerators, which includes sticky substances like jam or fruit juices. Over time, this can build upon the gasket and make the door stick. Too much stress on the gasket can lead to gasket damage and an expensive repair. Wipe up any spills as they happen.
In refrigerators that have an auto defrost cycle, water drips into a pan where it evaporates. It needs to be cleaned periodically to deter bacteria. If you’re not sure where to look, check your owner’s manual.
If your refrigerator has an ice maker or water dispenser, you’ll want to make sure you change the water filter every six months.
If you ever do have a problem with your refrigerator, always remember you can contact Hi-Tech Appliance for residential refrigerator repair. One of our experienced technicians out of Louisville, Colorado can get your unit back to normal.