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Care and Maintenance of Your Refrigerator-Freezer

Here are some money saving tips that will extend the life of your refrigerator/freezer and lower the cost of energy! To reduce the need for repairs, use the following preventative measures. Proper maintenance and care is essential in keeping your refrigerator and freezer running efficiently. By following these tips, you can prolong the life of your refrigerator/freezer and avoid many costly repairs.

  • Always ship refrigerators upright. Placing the refrigerator on the side may cause a Freon leak that will prevent cooling. Placing refrigerator on its back will damage the condenser coils. Also, this can cause the compressor to fail if restarted before allowing the oil ample time to drain out of the lines and the compressor back into the oil chamber.
  • Locate refrigerators away from heat sources like ranges, radiators, and sunny windows.
  • To prevent overheating and system failure, do not place the refrigerator near anything that can restrict the airflow to the motor, coils and compressor. Also, do not place refrigerators on top of carpeting because most condensers are located under the refrigerator and carpeting retains heat and restricts airflow.
  • To avoid burning out the compressor, always plug the refrigerator directly into the wall. If you absolutely need to run an extension chord, make sure a heavy duty, 3-pronged extensions cord. If unsure, consult the manufacturer specifications in the user guide.
  • When leaving for an extended time like a vacation or other long trip discard perishable food, turn off the ice maker and leave the refrigerator on.
  • Do not overfill the refrigerator because cold air can't circulate freely to regulate the temperature food.
  • To prevent odors and maintain food quality, cover or wrap all exposed foods. Clean up spills and remove spoiled food immediately.
  • Clean your refrigerator/freezer regularly by taking out all food and removable interior parts. Wash with a mild household detergent or baking soda and rinse with warm water. Rinse and wipe dry. Take out removable glass shelves and plastic and repeat the procedure. Be careful not put cold glass or plastic in hot water; they may crack. Clean the door gasket with detergent solution; rinse and dry. Do not use abrasives.
  • Clean condenser coils regularly by gently brushing off buildup that may cause overheating.
  • Regularly clean the seals in order to maintain proper temperature control and system efficiency.
  • Sweep or vacuum dust and other debris under and around your refrigerator to promote good airflow and temperature.

By following these tips, you can prolong the life of your unit and avoid many costly repairs.

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