The refrigerator is perhaps the most important appliance in a home, but it is often underappreciated until it has a breakdown. Here are some common mistakes that contribute to refrigerator repairs.
Mistake #1: Condenser coils and fans are not cleaned regularly
The refrigerator dissipates heat with its condenser coils. Hence, keeping your coils and fans clean can help your refrigerator to be more energy efficient. Simply unplug your fridge and vacuum/brush away the dust. This should be done at least twice a year (more frequently if you have a furry pet).
Mistake #2: Crowding/not filling up your fridge
Keep your freezer and fridge about three quarters full. Refrigerators need some “thermal mass” to maintain low temperatures. This means that it should be filled with some “stuff”, but shouldn’t be overcrowded so much that it is blocking the vents or limiting air circulation.
Mistake #3: Setting the refrigerator temperature too high or too low
The temperature should be set between 37 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit. If your refrigerator does not show temperature settings, measure it with a thermometer placed in a glass of water. Let it chill for 8 hours before taking your reading.
Mistake #4: Dirty door seals
Mistake #5 Stinky smell in the fridge
This site offers common repair advice based on your refrigerator model.
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