With the hot weather approaching it is important to keep your refrigerator in tip-top condition. After all, you don’t want the food you prepared for all the summer barbecues going bad. Here in Warrensville Heights, we know that it can get hot, especially with all the humidity. But with every home in the neighborhood blasting their AC, your refrigerator is going to be working harder than usual.
At Appliance Repair Cleveland, we are here for all your repair and appliance questions. But here are some helpful tips that you can incorporate in order to keep your refrigerator running all summer long.
Separate Your Appliances
Now we know that sometimes this is completely out of your control, however if you are able to, keep your fridge away from appliances like the stove or dishwasher. The heat that is generated from these appliances can force your fridge to have to work harder in order to maintain its cool temperature. This can then increase your electricity bill which is something that no one wants.
Keep Your Refrigerator Stocked
You may think that an empty fridge does not have to work as hard to keep itself cool, since there is nothing in it. After all, there’s nothing to cool right? This is a myth that has often plagued many refrigerators. Keeping your fridge stocked actually helps regulate the temperature. If you’ve only a few things placed in the fridge, placing large water jugs as placeholders can trick your fridge into thinking it’s full and then it’s not having to work as hard. You save money and keep your fridge happy. It’s a win for both parties!
Inspect and Clean The Gaskets
Most people aren’t paying that much attention to the seal that surrounds the perimeter of your refrigerator door, but you really should. That little bit of either rubber or plastic is an essential when making sure that you fridge is running properly. Also known as a door gasket, the seal can get worn out over time through general wear and tear. You’ll want to clean any dirt off this seal, as the dirt can wear down the seal. You don’t need to invest in any special cleaning product, warm water and soap will work just fine. One of our favorite ways to test your seal is to close a dollar bill in the door so that half of it is sticking out of the seal. If the gasket is not tight enough, the bill will not hold in place. So, if the bill falls, then you know it’s time to clean or even replace the seal.
Don’t Put Hot Leftovers In the Fridge
You may think that you’re being efficient by placing the leftovers in the fridge right after you’ve cooked them, but it’s not as efficient as you think. Placing hot food in the fridge can dramatically raise the temperature, making the compressor work harder to cool the fridge down. Let you food cool down to room temperature, and this will help neutralize the temperature when you put them back into the fridge. Of course, don’t leave your food out for too long, especially meat. The FDA states that food should not be left out of the fridge for more than two hours (one hour if the temperature is above 90 degrees fahrenheit).
Keep Your Condenser Coils Clean
The condenser coils on your fridge release heat, which makes the compressor run. When dust, dirt, and especially pet hair gather around the coils, the system can overheat which causes the compressor to break, and then your fridge cannot keep the food inside it cold. Most coils are located on the back of the fridge, you’ll have to pull the fridge from the wall to access them. You may be able to access them from the front if you remove the grill. Use a vacuum or bristle brush to help clean the coils every few months. You’ll want to be sure to take care of this if you have a pet that sheds frequently.
Cover Your Food
It can be tempting, especially when you’re in a rush, to want to just stash a bowl of food in the fridge without covering it. However you should really take the extra time to transfer your food into a closer container. When your food is left uncovered, the moisture from the food is released into the air and then your fridge is forced to work harder to keep things not only cool but dry. Covering your food will also help it stay fresh and not get weirdly dried out.
Keep Your Fridge At It’s Recommended Temperature
When it’s hot outside it might seem like a good idea to crank down the temperature in order to keep your food lasting longer, but this is not the case. The FDA recommends keeping your fridge at or below 40 degrees and your freezer at 0 degrees. Keeping your fridge at a colder temperature than necessary will not only make your electricity bill go up drastically, but it will also make the compressor run longer, which then wears it down faster.
While it’s important to keep your fridge “healthy” in the summer, check out these other fridge tips for all times of the year!
At Appliance Repair Cleveland, we have a great team of trained repair workers that are here for any of your appliance repair needs. Contact us today with any questions regarding any type of appliance, we have experience working with tons of different brands and offer various services.