The refrigerator is one of the essential appliances in the kitchen. Its lifespan depends on how often you maintain it but also on how you use it. Sometimes you can maintain it yourself, but professional help is also necessary, especially in the most serious cases. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn some of our best tips to help you keep it in good condition.
The right way to store food
After shopping, wrap raw foods in cling film or seal them in a plastic box. The same goes for leftovers from cooked dishes. This prevents the multiplication of bacteria, keeps your refrigerator clean, and keeps you healthy.
Use natural products to clean the inside of the refrigerator.
As soon as the thickness of the ice is greater than about 0.5 cm, consider cleaning the inside of your appliance. Start by defrosting it if it does not have the automatic defrosting function. Then, remove the various supports and accessories by putting them aside.
Then, take a new sponge soaked with either a mixture of white vinegar and warm water of the same quantity or a tablespoon of baking soda dissolved in 2 liters of water and rub it rigorously on all the surfaces and walls of the refrigerator. Once finished, take a clean cloth to wipe off any traces of moisture until you have a clear surface. Don’t forget to wash the accessories and racks with a cleaning product of your choice before putting them back inside.
Disinfect the exterior
The exterior of the refrigerator should not be neglected to maintain comfort in your home. Its wrist is surely the most stressed part during the day. It can be the source of the spread of viruses and bacteria because our hands can not be clean all the time. To minimize this risk, lukewarm water mixed with the dishwashing liquid of your choice will do the trick if the door and sides are made of plastic. If they are made of stainless steel, use a soft cloth wrung out with a pH-neutral cleaner to avoid damaging the anti-stain finish.
As for lacquered materials, a soft, clean cloth will clean them, but if the dirt persists, add a little water. If the front view is often important to you, don’t forget to remove the dust in the condenser behind your fridge with a vacuum cleaner. If you miss this step, the dust will build up and prevent the heat from escaping normally. If this is the case, don’t hesitate to call a refrigeration specialist to repair your appliance.
Check the seal
Checking the seal is not common enough for domestic users. However, it contributes to the reduction of your electricity bill. Therefore, cleaning the seals of your fridge from time to time is necessary to keep a certain balance.
Call in a professional
A professional repairman will avoid causing more damage; it is important to call a professional when your fridge is not working properly instead of fixing it yourself. There are three types of breakdowns that require professional intervention:
- Problem related to the heating: If your appliance is still cold, the rear tubes are supposed to be at 60°. Only an electrician will be able to replace these resistors without burning himself.
- Problem related to temperature control: in case the defrost clock and the thermostat deteriorated. They can be repaired, but it is better to buy a new refrigerator to avoid the back and forth.
- Aggregate problem: if your refrigerator no longer produces cold, the compressor continues to work. This also requires a replacement of the appliance, but before making this decision, always have it diagnosed by a refrigeration specialist in case the problem lies elsewhere.
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