When you’re cleaning your kitchen, have you cleaned your refrigerator thoroughly? Though it’s easy to remember to toss out old food and wipe down the shelves, there’s much more to cleaning your refrigerator that can affect its performance and longevity. Here’s what you’ll need to do.
It’s 2017 – have you cleaned your refrigerator recently?
Your refrigerator’s manual has additional details on exactly when you’ll need to perform these tasks and any additional ones listed, here are the basics to get started with:
- Clean all visible parts of the gasket. This keeps cold air from leaking out, making your refrigerator run too frequently. Place a dollar bill between the gasket and the metal face of the refrigerator – if it pulls out easily, you should adjust the hinges.
- Clean the coils. Using a vacuum cleaner, vacuum the coils to remove any dust and debris that has built up on them. Failing to finish this step causes your refrigerator to work harder to cool the interior.
- Watch out for any signs of trouble. If tightening the hinges doesn’t help a loose gasket, consider replacing it. Is your refrigerator making odd noises? Getting these issues fixed sooner than later helps ensure the longevity and efficient operation of your refrigerator.
By taking the time to deep clean your refrigerator, you can keep it operating smoothly and efficiently. If you’ve noticed issues with your refrigerator such as doors that will not remain closed tightly, gaskets that are loose or odd noises, you’ll want to contact a professional for assistance.