Refrigerators: How to Maintain and Prevent Problems
Refrigerator coils are located in the rear of the refrigerator. You can simply vacuum the vents and coils to clean them. Dusty coils have to work harder to cool down the interior and the contents of the refrigerator.
The drip pan of the refrigerator should also be cleaned. It is located beneath your refrigerator and can be removed by pulling it out.
Keep gaskets in good shape by washing them down with soapy water.
Replace gaskets when they are no longer in good condition. You can test the condition by trying to slide a piece of paper between the rubber seal and the wall of the refrigerator. If the piece of papers slips between the seal and the wall, the seal is not tight enough and the gasket requires replacement.
For optimum performance, maintain refrigerator temperature between 36°F and 38°F.
Minimize moisture by keeping food covered and containers shut. Moisture can cause the compressor to work harder unnecessarily.
Keep your refrigerator around 37-40 degrees F for the fresh food compartment. Use a thermometer to check inside temperatures.
Consider the location of your refrigerator and/or freezer. Do not position them in direct contact with hot appliances as this will make the compressor work harder.
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