In our modern world, living without the convenience of our appliances is inconceivable. The refrigerator is one that we simply cannot do without. Although we take our refrigerators for granted, that can quickly change the moment it malfunctions.
Like any other equipment in our homes, our appliances can fail at the least convenient times. In many cases, it simply is due to the functional lifespan of the unit or a breakdown in a part or component. But in most cases, it is a matter of lack of care and maintenance. The refrigerator is a machine that requires periodic maintenance and cleaning just the way a car does. When a fridge receives the proper cleaning and maintenance, it can last for many years
The average lifespan of a refrigerator is between 14 and 17 years. This will be different for different models and will be affected by the care you give it throughout its lifetime. Some simple cleaning and periodic maintenance can ensure a long lifespan.
When a refrigerator is overfilled, this puts a great amount of strain on the compressor in order to keep all food inside at temperature. The motor can overheat and cause the compressor to break down.
Location, Location, Location
Make sure your refrigerator is not in direct sunlight or near any other heat-producing appliances. The back of the refrigerator should be several inches away from any walls in order to ensure that there is plenty of room for air circulation.
Clean Those Coils
The condenser coils on the back or bottom of the unit should be cleaned about every six months of any dust and debris. Coils that are dirty can cause the unit to work harder than it needs to. Coils can be easily cleaned with a vacuum wand or with a refrigerator coil brush. While you are in cleaning mode, the drip pan should be cleaned as well.
Clean The Seals
It is important to clean the door seals to prevent them from cracking and drying out. Cracked or damaged seals will no longer keep the cold air inside where it’s meant to be. Some warm soapy water will do the trick here. If the seals are damaged, they can be replaced.
Not Too Hot, Not Too Cold
Check the interior temperature of the refrigerator to make sure it is set to the proper temperature. The optimum temperature is between 37° and 40°F (2.78° and 4.44°C).
Keep the Interior Clean
Empty and clean the interior of your refrigerator about once a month.
The best way to ensure a longer lifespan for your refrigerator is to have it professionally cleaned and maintained. The Stoney Creek appliance repair experts at AG Appliance Repair offer seasonal appliance maintenance contracts that can be tailored to all your household appliances.