Keep It Cool: 3 Tips To Keep Your Refrigerator In Tip Top Shape

When it comes to kitchen appliances, you probably use your refrigerator the most. Because you use it so much, you want to make sure you keep it properly maintained. There are a few reasons you should keep your refrigerator in good condition. For instance, a well-maintained refrigerator will last longer and use less energy. Here are three simple steps you can take to keep your refrigerator running smoothly.

Clean the Interior

To work properly, the inside of your refrigerator needs to be clean. Food splatters and grease can build up on the walls of the refrigerator. When that happens, it becomes more difficult for your refrigerator to stay cool. Once a week, remove the food from your refrigerator and wipe down the walls and shelves with a mild cleaning solution.

You can make your own solution by filling a spray bottle with equal parts hot water and vinegar. Add 10-15 drops of lemon essential oil. Spray the interior of your refrigerator with the cleaning solution and wipe clean with a soft cloth.

Inspect the Seal

Take a look at the gasket around your refrigerator door. That gasket forms a tight seal once you close the door, which helps keep your refrigerator cold. Dirty or worn out gaskets can create gaps that allow cold air to escape from the refrigerator. When that happens, your refrigerator will have to work harder to keep your food cold.

To keep the gasket in good condition, wipe it down each time you clean your refrigerator. Be sure to wipe inside the ridges to remove food and debris that could be lodged inside. If you notice cracks in the gasket, be sure to replace it as soon as possible. Replacement gaskets can be purchased at most home improvement centers, or you can call a refrigerator repair service. 

Clean the Coils and Condenser

The coils and condenser located on the back of your refrigerator can attract dirt and dust. Once they're dirty, your refrigerator can overheat. To keep your refrigerator operating properly, you should clean the coils and condenser at least once a month. To do this, you'll need to move your refrigerator away from the wall. Use a vacuum with a brush attachment to remove the dirt and dust.

You depend on your refrigerator to keep your food cold. Use the tips provided above to keep your refrigerator running smoothly. In addition to the maintenance tips described here, you should also have your refrigerator serviced at least once a year.