Whether you have a brand new refrigerator or a slightly used one, you want to make sure to take care of it. Maintaining it and repairing it will help it last longer allowing you to get so much more for your money. Here are a few tips that you can follow to make sure it works as optimally as possible and lasts as long as possible.
Set the Correct Temperature
When a new refrigerator is delivered, the appliance service technician will take care of setting the new unit’s temperature to the correct setting. In most cases this means that the temperature gets set to about 37 degrees F. If you buy your refrigerator new and set it up yourself, refer to the manual to make sure you know what temperature to set the unit at.
The optimal temperature setting ensures that all foods and beverages are kept cold and fresh. This lets you get the most out of your food dollar.
Keep Your Refrigerator Full
You may not have to stock it completely full, but you do want to make sure to keep it reasonably full. This is because refrigerators work on thermal mass which means they do better when they have more mass contained within them. The emptier a refrigerator is, the harder it has to work.
You could burn its motor out prematurely if there are not enough food items contained inside it. Stock your refrigerator and freezer with plenty of meat, dairy items and more. You will get to enjoy fresher foods, especially when the refrigerator’s motor can work at its best to keep everything at the right temperature.
Make it a point to vacuum the coils regularly. Also, make sure the seals on the door are secure. If the light bulb goes out, you can easily buy a replacement bulb and fix that yourself. For anything else, you will want to first troubleshoot it using your manual.
If that does not work, always contact an authorized refrigeration repair person to fix your refrigerator. It could be unsafe to attempt any repairs on your own, and in some instances, it could void the warranty that is on the refrigerator. Follow the tips above and your refrigerator will last.