Refrigerators play a major role in most of the households. In the summer season, it is used either to make ice, store cold water, cold milkshakes, ice-creams and preserve a lot of veggies. Even though refrigerator is commonly used during the summers, it needs to be maintained throughout the year. Basic fridge maintenance throughout the year not only increases its longevity but also enhances its functions. In the following five points, you will get to know about the basic fridge maintenance:
The cool air seeps out if the door seal is loose thereby making the fridge work harder than needed in order to produce excess energy. You should clean the door seals twice a year with a toothbrush and a mixture of baking soda and water to remove food residue from the seals. Then place a currency note on the door and see if half of it is in and half of it is out. If the note slips out easily then it indicates that the door seal needs to be repaired by a mechanic.
Always keep the temperature of the refrigerator between 37⁰F and 40⁰F and the freezer at 0⁰.
Refrigerators require “thermal mass” in order to retain their low temperatures. The cool drinks and foods stored in the refrigerator help in absorbing the warm air that seep into the fridge while opening the door. Hence, even if you are not a home cook person and got nothing to store in the fridge, store few bottles of water in order to keep the refrigerator functioning.
Refrigerators fail to run efficiently when the condenser coils are covered with layers of dust. Twice a year unplug the refrigerator, open the coils and vacuum it with the attached brush.
When there is a power cut, do not open the doors. Consume food from the pantry but prevent yourself from opening the doors. If the doors remain unopened then the freezer will retain its temperature for 48 hours keeping the foods safe.
Gone are those days when refrigerators used to be a luxury. In these years of increasing heat during the summers, refrigerators are a necessity which can be found in almost all the households. By committing the basic fridge maintenance, one can extend the longevity of the refrigerator beyond the proposed time thus making most out of the refrigerators.
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