How to Avoid Common Refrigerator Problems

Want to keep your refrigerator running strong?

Thanks to the modern marvels that are refrigerators, people no longer have to resort to spicing, salting, smoking, drying and pickling their foods in order to preserve them. Now, people can simply pop their food in the refrigerator or the freezer, and it will be kept fresh for days, weeks or even months.

We depend heavily on our refrigerators, and when yours isn’t working, it can leave you scrambling to find a solution before you have a refrigerator full of rotten food on your hands. Luckily, most refrigerator problems are easy to avoid, and we’ve come up with this list of maintenance tips to help you avoid the most common refrigerator repair problems:

#1. Check the seal.

The rubber seal located on the outer edge of the refrigerator door or doors is what helps to keep the warm air out and the cool air in. However, this seal can deteriorate as the years go by, causing air to escape. This can hurt the efficiency of your refrigerator, leading to higher energy bills and causing your refrigerator to have to work even harder to keep itself cool. Inspect the seal monthly, and get it replaced when necessary.

#2. Clean the condenser coils.

The condenser coils are what remove the heat from the refrigerator. These coils are located underneath or on the back of the unit, and when they get covered in dirt and dust, they can’t remove heat as effectively. It can also lead to costly repairs in the future.

#3. Keep your the refrigerator and freezer at the right temperatures.

As a general rule, you should keep your refrigerator between 37 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit, and you should keep your freezer at 0 degrees Fahrenheit. If the temperature in your refrigerator is higher than 40 degrees, the texture, the taste and, most importantly, the safety of your food is at risk. Additionally, if you set the temperature lower than 37 degrees, that will mean an increase in the run time for the compressor, adding more wear and tear to the unit.

#4. Check that the temperature is accurate in your refrigerator.

In our last point, we highlighted the importance of keeping your refrigerator between 37 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit for both food safety and efficiency. However, the temperature you set your refrigerator on and what temperature the interior of the refrigerator actually is can be two different things. Keep an eye on the internal temperature of your refrigerator. The easiest way to do this is with a cheap refrigerator thermostat, which you can find at most home improvement stores.

#5. Keep your refrigerator full.

Did you know that your refrigerator works more efficiently when it’s full? That’s because refrigerators require “thermal mass” in order to maintain cool temperatures. When there are lots of foods and drinks in your refrigerator, they help to absorb some of the warm air that comes in when the door is open.

Let us help you keep your refrigerator in great shape!

There are lots of things you can do to keep your refrigerator running strong, but when you find yourself in need of repair, the experts at Andy’s Appliance Repair in Omaha and Lincoln are here to help. Contact us today to get started.