Not only does your refrigerator take up the most room in the kitchen, but it also uses the most energy. And if your appliance isn’t receiving proper maintenance, it won’t work efficiently and will be a real drain on your electricity bill. Just a little maintenance goes a long way. Here is a few ways to maintain your refrigerator and keep it as efficient as possible.
Clean your refrigerator coils
Most refrigerators have condenser coils on the bottom and back of the unit. It is essential to check and clean these coils periodically. If the coils are dirty, clean them using a duster or vacuum. By cleaning these coils 2 to 3 times per year, it can reduce the energy consumption by 6 percent.
Conduct a seal inspection
Frequently opening your refrigerator door can be costly – as every second it is open can raise the temperature inside the refrigerator and make it work harder. But you can lose even more money if the seal isn’t properly tight. Refrigerators have rubber seals to off air from going in or out of a refrigerator. Over time, these seals deteriorate and may loosen. To check airflow in and out of your fridge, close your refrigerator door while holding a dollar bill half in the fridge and half out. If it slips out easily, then that means the seal is loose.
Defrost your freezer and refrigerators
You should regularly defrost manual-defrost freezers and refrigerators, as frost buildup decreases the energy efficiency of the unit. Don’t allow frost to build up more than one-quarter of an inch. The frost build-up causes the motor to work harder and increases the energy consumption. Cleaning this out twice a year can save you quite a lot.
Using these three simple steps on refrigerator care can help any homeowner save money without having to hire an expert. That’s a win-win solution.