Refrigerators are quite expensive appliances, which is why they need proper care and maintenance. AAA Appliance Service And Repair has vast experience in repairing all major brands and models of refrigerators, so don’t hesitate to contact us whatever your problem may be. In addition, we are happy to assist our clients in taking proper care of their appliances, so below you will be able to find valuable advice and guidelines to caring for your refrigerator.
- Defrost periodically
It is good for the refrigerator to be defrosted when frost has accumulated on the walls inside the freezer. To know when it’s time to defrost the appliance, check the thickness of the frost – if it’s more than one centimeter, then you should remove all food from the freezer and unplug the unit. After the frost has melted, you can re-plug the unit or turn it back on, but make sure to wait until it reaches its optimal temperature before you restock it. If you have a self-defrosting unit, you don’t have to manually defrost the refrigerator, as it does it on its own every six or eight hours. You should however clean the pan regularly, because the frost that melts will result in water draining into the shallow pan.
- Clean the condenser coils
Refrigerators use condenser coils to remove heat and keep the temperatures low within the unit. If these coils are covered with dust or dirt, the freezer has a difficult time removing heat, which increases energy consumption. You can clean the condenser coils with a bristle brush and a vacuum, but you should read the owner’s manual first, to see if there are any special instructions related to this issue.
- Keep the inside of the freezer clean
While condenser coils should be cleaned twice a year or so, you should clean the inside of your fridge weekly. Use a cloth and warm water to remove any spills and crumbs from both walls and shelves. There are special cleaners and solutions for cleaning the inside of a refrigerator, but you can also use an all-purpose cleaner and soft wipes.
- Replace the gaskets
The rubber seal that properly closes the doors of the refrigerator is called gasket and it is essential in sealing out warm air, which is why you should not only properly clean it on a regular basis, but also replace it when it shows signs of wear and tear. Gaskets are inexpensive and they are easy to replace, but if you fail to do so, you may need more expensive repairs.
- Replace the filters
The ice maker and the water dispenser filters are also items that you need to replace, at least twice a year, in order to make sure that your refrigerator functions properly and that you prevent further damage to it. These are also inexpensive items in comparison to more complex repair bills.
However, if your fridge shows signs of damage or does not function properly, you should call experienced and qualified technicians to have a look. AAA Appliance Service And Repair is your best choice, providing expert services and excellent customer care, so give us a call right away!