Adding just a few, simple preventative refrigerator maintenance chores to your cleaning schedule can greatly reduce your chances of needing a service call. We recommend following these 5 DIY refrigerator maintenance tips to keep your refrigerator running at its peak performance for years to come.
5 Simple DIY Refrigerator Maintenance Tips
Clean the Refrigerator Coils
Why? Dirty condenser coils can greatly impact the efficiency of your refrigerator, which can in turn shorten the life of your refrigerator. When the coils are covered with dirt, dust, and pet hair, they are unable to release heat, which causes the refrigerator compressor to work harder and longer.
Frequency: Clean the refrigerator coils at least every 6 months, but plan to do it more frequently if you own a shedding pet. Pet hair accumulates quickly, and is a huge culprit for clogged condenser coils.
For more information on how to clean your refrigerator coils, click here.
Clean the Condenser Fan Blade
Why? The condenser fan circulates air over the condenser coils, which aids in keeping them cool. If the condenser fan blade is clogged with dirt and debris, it can stop working, which will result in a warm refrigerator and freezer.
Frequency: Like the coils, clean the fan blade every 6 months, or more if you own a shedding pet.
Change the Water Filter
Why? Changing your filter is an important step to keep your drinking water fresh and filter out any unwanted contaminants. But that’s not the only reason to change your filter frequently. An expired filter can get clogged, which will result in slow water flow and ice production. Changing the filter according to your product’s specification can prevent an unnecessary service call.
Frequency: Varies by appliance, but generally ranges around 4-6 months. Also, frequency will vary depending on how much water you’re using.
How to change your water filter.
Keep Gaskets Clean
Why? Leaks in the door seal will cause the refrigerator to run longer. When air is allowed to escape, the compressor has to run longer to maintain the desired temperature. This causes your refrigerator to be less efficient, and can reduce the life of your machine. Ensure that the gasket is clean and in good repair to prevent unnecessary repair bills.
Frequency: Clean the gasket every 3 months, or as needed to remove food spills.
How to clean your refrigerator gasket.
Keep the vents clear from obstructions
Why? The vent in your freezer circulates cold air down into the refrigerator. This is what keeps the refrigerator cold. If your freezer is overstuffed, or you have bags blocking the vent, your refrigerator and freezer won’t cool properly