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A Handy Guide to Basic Refrigerator Maintenance

close up of gloved hands cleaning a refrigerator door handle with disinfectant wipe. Most people don’t pay much attention to their refrigerators, which do their jobs quietly until something goes wrong. Even though we tend to take it for granted, it needs to be cleaned and maintained regularly to work well. This is true for both the refrigerator and the freezer. If you don’t do these important maintenance jobs, it can shorten the life of your appliance and lead to expensive repairs that aren’t needed.

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

Cleaning the outside of your fridge often is an important part of keeping it in good shape. Dust and dirt can build up, making them look less nice. To get the shine back, use a soft brush or a vacuum tool to remove any loose dirt. Look out for dusty vents and coils that make the air conditioner less effective.

Focus on cleaning the doorknobs and control panel, where dirt and fingerprints tend to build up. Use a gentle soap or a mixture of water and vinegar to clean the handles. For tough spots, a cleaner that doesn’t scratch works well. Use a soft, lightly wet cloth and stay away from too much water when cleaning electrical parts.

Wipe the whole outside with a wet cloth and a mild cleaner to finish the job. Pay attention to the sides and corners that are easy to miss. Dry it completely to avoid water spots or lines.

Cleaning the outside of your fridge on a regular basis keeps it looking good and keeps your kitchen clean. It helps the device last longer and work more smoothly.

Interior Refrigerator Maintenance

To keep your refrigerator fresh and hygienic, get started by emptying out every cabinet and drawer. Wash them in warm, soapy water with a little baking soda added to get rid of smells. Before putting them back, wash and dry them well.

While those are drying, clean the fridge’s walls and back. Use a cloth or sponge and a light cleaner to wipe them down. Pay attention to spots that won’t go away and get into all the corners and cracks.

Don’t forget to look at the back of the fridge! To get to this often-forgotten spot, gently pull it away from the wall. To clean the coils, use a vacuum cleaner with a brush adapter or a long-handled brush. Make sure you don’t break any wires or parts, and then push the fridge back into place when you’re done.


Defrosting the Freezer

Over time, ice can build up in the freezer, which can make it less useful. First, stop the freezer to make sure it is safe. Next, take everything out of the freezer and put it in a cooler or another fridge if you have one. This will keep them from melting while they are being taken out of the freezer.

Now, let’s take care of the ice. Put newspapers or towels on the floor to catch the water that melts. Leave the door open to let the ice melt on its own. Use hot water or a hairdryer on low heat to speed things up but be careful around electrical outlets and water.

Once all the ice has melted, wipe the inside of the freezer with a clean cloth to get rid of any wetness that is still there. Dry the surfaces well so that new ice doesn’t form.

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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