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How to Maintain Your Refrigerator: 3 Ways to Make It Last

Learn about the 3 ways to maintain your fridge and when to call on your home warranty provider for help. | SHW blog

When it comes to summertime, our refrigerators work incredibly hard. We often worry about the AC keeping the house cool but forget another appliance which keeps its contents ice cold 24/7. Without the fridge, families have lots of trouble keeping order in the home.

There are common warning signs when your fridge begins to act up, and if you notice a mechanical mishap, submit a claim for your home warranty. We’ll send a repair technician in no time. You can also receive your free quote today for future coverage on your home appliances and systems.

How to Maintain the Fridge

Just like all appliances, the fridge requires unique attention. For households that frequently cook at home, keeping your food refrigerated is an important task. Routine fridge maintenance will also help you cut down on your electricity costs by helping it run more efficiently.

1. Clean the coils.

You might notice the back of your fridge excessively heating up. This is a sign of the appliance working extra-hard to keep your food cold. It’s important to make sure there is no debris blocking the back of your fridge. Use a bristle brush and vacuum to clean the area for buildup. This should be routine maintenance for you to check on at least twice per year, especially before and after summer time when your fridge works the hardest. If you still notice your fridge is working extra hard, it might be time for a new fridge.

2. Clean or replace the door seal.

The seal around the door is called the gasket. This rubber seal can become damaged over time and may prevent the door from fully closing. First, check for debris in the way and use a cloth with cleaning supplies to clean around the door for grime build up. If your door has trouble closing or if you notice damage around any part of the seal, you may have to replace the gasket. Petroleum jelly is a quick fix to pack small tears with a sealing material. If you notice multiple tears, then it will have to be replaced. Check the owner’s manual or manufacturer’s website for the correct type of seal, measure twice and cut once, unscrew the current gasket from around the fridge, and install your new one. Remember to shut off the power to your fridge while installing.

3. Clean or defrost the inside.

You might notice strange odors in your fridge or excess frost around the inside. It’s best to routinely defrost the inside of your fridge to prevent this built-up when you notice it. You will have to turn your fridge off, empty it, allow the frost to melt, and then clean the inside. Use standard all-purpose cleaners to clean the inside of any food buildup while wiping away the moisture. This will get rid of any traces of food and help your fridge run more efficiently.

Don’t forget – you can have your refrigerator covered by a home warranty in the case of an appliance breakdown! Get your free quote today.