What is the one appliance in your house that runs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, even when you are away on vacation? Your refrigerator, that’s right! It’s a power hog, but probably the most hard-working device in your kitchen.
The usual life of a fridge could be anywhere between 13 years and 20 years. All through that time, maintaining its health via regular cleaning sessions and simple operational changes is a good idea. It’ll help stretch the longevity of the unit and keep it efficient for most of its run-time.
Plus, it’s not always the most affordable option to replace an appliance of this might and size, as buying a single door refrigerator or a double door can be quite an expensive, time-consuming affair. So, what’s ideal? To keep it in good shape, take care of its components, and contribute to increasing its efficiency.
Here’s how you can do that.
1. Replace the Gasket
This rubber seal on the door keeps any unwanted warm air from coming through and spoiling the temperature setting inside. As you open and close the door multiple times a day, this gasket loses its capacity of suction over a few years.
If the gasket isn’t working correctly, and you haven’t replaced it, it’ll lead to the disorientation of the environment inside the unit. As warm air will find a way to seep through, the refrigerator will have to work harder to keep your food chilled and frozen. It’ll result in extra power consumption and higher electricity bills.
Keep an eye on the seal and get it replaced once every two or three years.
2. Keep the Refrigerator Away from Heat Sources
Any other appliance which releases a significant amount of heat shouldn’t be kept near the fridge. In fact, it’ll serve you better if you store it away from direct sunlight as well.
Too much heat around the unit will cause the compressor to work double time to make sure the performance isn’t compromised. That’ll eventually lead to higher bills and reduced efficiency.
3. Cool Your Meals
You don’t want any residual heat to escape into the appliance. And you don’t want it exerting itself more than required. So, let too hot meals cool down a bit before you put them inside. Wrap them in airtight boxes or cover them with aluminium foil. Keep the heat contained.
4. Check the inside Temperature
If you raise the temperature of your unit by 10 degrees Fahrenheit, it’ll be using 25% more energy than usual. Even if its an energy efficient model like the direct cool refrigerators, it’s advised to keep the temperature setting in between 35 and 38-degree Fahrenheit for the body and between 0 and 5-degree Fahrenheit for the freezer.
5. Defrost Regularly
Models with automatic defrosting are also more energy consuming. But, if yours has a manual defrost setting, you must use it at frequent intervals to keep up the efficiency.
Look at the ice trays in both, regular as well as cool mini refrigerators, and set the appliance to defrost if the ice has become around 0.25 inches thick.
6. Give It Space to Breathe
Where you keep the unit is necessary, because heat can build up in constricted corners, and that’ll drive the efficiency of your fridge down.
Make sure there’s enough space around the appliance, and other heat emitting appliances don’t crowd its circulation.
7. Keep the Doors Shut
This tip is more about your careless handling of the device than about its performance. Opening the door to fetch something out and getting distracted by something else while the entrance to the fridge stays wide open is the easiest way to hike the electricity bill and reduce the performance of the appliance.
8. Clean the Condenser Coils Frequently
These are the large, spiral, wound structures on the back of your fridge. They collect dust, which settles down on their surface as grime, and affects the functional efficiency of the unit.
You can use a bristle brush or piece of cloth to clean the condenser coils. Remember, you have to keep dust from depositing on the coils. It doesn’t need maintenance every day. Instead, every other week should be okay.
9. Keep It Clutter-Free
Label the containers. Cover the food. Don’t stuff things in there. Don’t leave it empty and running for long. Keep everything in an organised fashion so that every time you need something from the fridge, you won’t be leaving the door open for long.
10. Check the Refrigerant Charge
This fluid mixture, the responsible party for keeping your food fresh and chilled, needs to stay above or around a threshold level. Keep a frequent check on it and call a service person to refill the charge as soon as it falls.
With Intex Direct Cool Refrigerators, you get just as much storage as you need. There’s a crisper cover, chiller tray, great designs, antibacterial gasket, stabilizer free functionality, and your food not only stays cool and fresh for days but also, the wire shelves are very easy to clean. Also, you need not to worry if you have limited space then our mini bar refrigerators series is designed just for you.