Refrigerators can last a very long time – up to 20 years! – with proper care and maintenance. If your fridge is less than 10 years old, you’re probably better off paying for a repair. If it’s older than 10, it’s probably best to replace it. An inspection by a qualified technician will shed light on what’s wrong with your refrigerator and your options for repair vs replacement.
Whether you have a brand new refrigerator that you want to take care of, or you’re looking to start a maintenance plan with your current fridge, here’s everything you need to know about preventive care.
Basic Steps for Refrigerator Preventive Care
There are everyday things you can do to keep your refrigerator in good, working condition. The better your fridge works, the more money you’ll save on your energy bill. Not to mention, it’s nice to have a clean fridge to keep your favorite foods cold and fresh.
Here are some things we recommend doing to maintain your fridge:
- Check the door seals. A loose seal on the fridge lets cold air out, wasting energy and forcing your fridge to work harder than it has to. Clean door seals once or twice a year using baking soda and water. If the door seal slips out easily, have the pros check it out.
- Keep the coils clean. When the condenser coils are dusty, they can’t work as efficiently. Twice a year, pull the fridge out and clean the coils using a vacuum cleaner. Make sure to unplug the fridge first!
- Set the right temperature. Keep your fridge between 37 and 40 degrees F. The right temperature keeps your fridge running as long as it needs to – not more or less.
- Change the water filter. If your refrigerator has an ice maker, it probably has a filter. This filter needs to be changed out every six months or so. Otherwise, you’ll be drinking dirty water!
- General cleaning. Every 3-4 months, give your fridge a good cleaning. Remove the food and wipe everything down with a clean cloth. You’ll have to remove shelves and drawers. Vinegar can be used to prevent mold growth.
Signs Your Fridge May Need Repair
Like other appliances, refrigerators don’t last forever. Fortunately, not all problems require a replacement. A refrigerator repair technician may be able to replace a part, such as a seal, for a low cost. This is why it’s worth having your fridge looked at if it’s under 10 years old.
Signs that your fridge is in need of a repair are:
- Loud noises like scraping, grinding or knocking
- Trouble maintaining temperature
- Refrigerator is leaking water
- Freezer is icing over
- Condensation buildup inside
- Back of the fridge feels hot
- Motor is always running
Pacific Appliance Repair Service provides fast, professional repair and maintenance services for refrigerators. Our trained technicians have experience working on all brands of refrigerators, including GE, Samsung, Whirlpool, Frigidaire and Insignia. Contact us today to have one of our experts look at your fridge and determine what it needs to be fully functional and efficient again!