Brand-Spanking-New Refrigerator? 10 Ways To Keep It Running Smoothly For Years


Oh, what a glorious occasion it is to get a new refrigerator for your kitchen! Since they usually last so long, these steadfast appliances don't need replacing very often, making a new one something to celebrate. As you bask in the glory of the new superstar in your kitchen, keep the following maintenance advice in mind:

1. Know How To Set The Refrigerator

The temperature controls of your beautiful new kitchen appliance aren't suppose to be adjusted according to anything but the owner's manual. If you feel something feels a little cooler or warmer than it should be, check the temp, but don't make major adjustments. Check your manual for the ideal setting and leave it at that; if problems persist, you may need to have them checked out.

2. Keep Your Interior Spiffy

Odor builds up inside refrigerators if you don't keep the interior spiffy, especially where spills are involved. Liquid containers, like milk containers, tend to drip down their sides, depositing small drops below. These should be taken care of immediately to prevent olfactory offense.

3. Fill The Freezer For Maximum Efficiency

A freezer that's only partially full won't work as well, so pile in the goodies. If you live alone or otherwise don't have a lot of mouths to feed, pop a few ice packs or water bottles in there, and add your groceries on top.

4. Don't Delay The Defrost

Putting off a defrost job means potentially adding inches to the ice, so defrost when needed. It's a big job and can be messy, but the alternative is a disaster. If you don't have a self-defrosting model, try to stick to a regular schedule with de-icing. This is also a good time to dispose of items in your fridge that you may have been keeping too long.

5. Monitor The Coils On The Back Of The Fridge

They should be dusted off every few weeks or so to prevent any dirt or debris from blocking the coil's ability to heat.

6. Replace The Filter For Your Ice Maker Regularly

Check your owner's manual for specific times to change the filter, but generally, especially if used frequently, this should be a bi-annual event.

7. Position The Unit A Few Inches From The Wall

You don't want your fridge too close to the wall behind it if it has coils on the back of it, as it needs a proper amount of space to operate effectively. Even if the refrigerator looks like it's protruding a little, that's better than positioning it too tightly against the wall.

8. Be Careful When Moving The Fridge

When you need to clean behind and underneath the new fridge, push or pull from the bottom half. Optimally, you will have someone helping you to equal the pressure applied on both sides, but if not, you may want to empty the contents before attempting to move the fridge so the maneuver is more manageable. Be careful of your back and the floor, because you don't want to damage either.

9. Examine Your Gaskets For Leaks

A sealed fridge is a happy fridge, so every once in a while (perhaps when you defrost or replace the ice maker's water filter), carefully inspect the gaskets (which are the seals around the doors that make it air tight), for possible leaks, tears, or warping. The gaskets should be smooth, clean, and fully intact.

10. Call An Appliance Specialist For Unknown Or Complicated Problems

Your new fridge shouldn't act up for a number of years; however, if you hear strange noises or notice it's simply not doing its job in keeping your food cold, frozen, or fresh, don't hesitate to bring in a refrigerator repair service. In all likelihood, the problem is minor and easily fixed, but if you try to tackle the issue yourself, you could end up doing more harm than good, unless you have basic refrigerator repair knowledge.


24 July 2018

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