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A Handy Guide to Basic Refrigerator Maintenance

close up of gloved hands cleaning a refrigerator door handle with disinfectant wipe. Until it breaks, the refrigerator goes unnoticed. It needs frequent maintenance and cleaning to work properly. The freezer and refrigerator are affected. Neglecting these vital maintenance procedures might limit your appliance’s lifespan and cause costly and unneeded repairs.

Whether you’re facing fridge problems or aiming for uninterrupted performance, this guide is here to help. We will delve into the fundamentals of fridge maintenance and cleaning, along with offering simple remedies for common problems. By following these guidelines, you can prolong the life of your refrigerator while avoiding unnecessary inconveniences and expenses.

Exterior Refrigerator Maintenance

Maintaining your refrigerator requires regular exterior cleaning. They can become dirty. Use a gentle brush or vacuum attachment to clean it. Dusty vents and coils reduce cooling effectiveness.

Clean fingerprint-attracting refrigerator door handles and control panels. Wipe handles with water-vinegar or mild detergent. Non-abrasive cleaners remove tough stains. prevent harsh chemicals, use a soft, mildly wet cloth, and prevent excessive dampness around electrical components.

Wipe the entire exterior with a moist cloth and mild cleanser. Check corners and edges. Avoid wet marks by drying thoroughly.

Maintaining your fridge’s exterior keeps your kitchen clean. It prolongs and smooths appliance operation.

Interior Refrigerator Maintenance

To keep your refrigerator fresh and hygienic, start by removing all the shelves and drawers. Wash them with warm, soapy water, adding a bit of baking soda for odor control. Rinse and dry them thoroughly before putting them back.

Clean the fridge walls and back while those dry. Wipe them with a gentle cleaning solution. Reach all corners and stubborn stains.

Remember the fridge’s back! Access this neglected area by gently pulling it away from the wall. Use a long-handled brush or a vacuum with a brush attachment to clean the coils. Push the refrigerator back into position without damaging any connections or components.

Defrosting the Freezer

Ice can build up in the freezer, reducing efficiency. For safety, disconnect the freezer. Next, empty the freezer and put the food in a cooler or another freezer. This prevents thawing during defrosting.

Let’s address the ice buildup. Put towels or newspapers on the floor to catch melting water. Open the freezer for spontaneous melting. Use hot water or a low-heat hairdryer to speed up but avoid electrical outlets and water.

After the ice melts, wipe down the freezer’s interior. Dry surfaces thoroughly to prevent ice development.

Defrosting your freezer and taking preventive measures will help keep it running efficiently and extend its lifespan. So, set aside some time every few months for this task, and your freezer will thank you with frost-free performance!

Other Common Problems and Fixes

Despite regular maintenance and cleaning, refrigerators can encounter various issues. Here are some common remedies:

  • Refrigerator not cooling enough

Check temperature settings and ensure the thermostat is appropriately set for cooling. Adjust to a colder setting if necessary. Monitor cooling performance.

  • Water leaking inside the refrigerator

To fix water leaking inside a fridge, clear clogged or frozen drain tubes. Use a brush or pipe cleaner to remove debris or ice. Check if water drains into the evaporator pan.

  • Noisy refrigerator

Try to level it by adjusting the legs, or cleaning or replacing the condenser fan, and rearranging items inside to eliminate vibrations.

Remember, if you’re unsure or the problem persists, it’s always recommended to consult a professional technician for assistance.

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