Earlier this week, we did a Blog Post outlining a few simple refrigerator maintenance tips to help keep your 'fridge running smoothly all year long. Here are a few more timely tips that our Our chief technician recommends:
1) It's best to keep the refrigerator and freezer stocked regularly. It takes more energy and works the condenser coils harder to cool an empty fridge. If the refrigerator / freezer are nearly empty, you can fill jugs or freezer bags with water and keep them in the freezer to keep it filled up.
2) Frost buildup is also a well-known culprit to reduce energy efficiency. If you don't own a frost-free unit, it's always best to defrost refrigerators and freezers as often as recommended by the manufacturer to keep frost build-up from bogging down operating efficiency. While you're at it, it's a good idea to check temperature settings inside the fridge & freezer. Your refrigerator ideally should be running at 35 to 40 degrees F, and the freezer at 0 to 5 degrees F.
3) Keep your food inside the refrigerator covered. Wrap foods up and cover liquids before storing them. If they're left uncovered, food and beverages release moisture into the unit and make the compressor work harder.
4) Don't overload the 'fridge. Stocking too many room-temperature items such as cans of soda or bottles of juice inside the unit causes it to work harder at cooling. Just stock sufficient amounts to cover your needs for a day or so.
5) Avoid storing perishable foods in the refrigerator door. The temperature of the storage bins in the door itself fluctuate more than the temperature inside the 'fridge. For example, eggs should always be stored in the carton on a shelf.