Refrigerators are trusty appliances that one hardly takes another glance at, except to wistfully look at that midnight snack you know you shouldn’t have. Refrigerators do their jobs of keeping your perishables cold, but did you know that how you use it affects its lifespan? Here are some common cases of refrigerator misuse and their solutions.
Not Checking the Gaskets
One form of refrigerator misuse is not checking the gaskets. The gaskets are the rubber seals around the fridge and freezer doors that insulate the cold temperatures within the appliance. If the gaskets look cracked, worn, or warped, you will want an appliance repairman to come and replace them. Otherwise, the fridge will overwork and your food will not stay cold.
Not Cleaning Spills
It can be easy for crumbs and spills to accumulate over time. Cleaning out the refrigerator is one smart idea for your fall or spring to-do list, and you’ll be happy to have rinsed and sanitized those shelves and drawers. Bacteria and viruses can wreak havoc on your health if you don’t destroy them first.
Overstuffing the Fridge
While you are pursuing your fall or spring cleaning, now is an excellent time to dispose of any expired or (dread the thought) some moldy leftovers that have sat there for weeks. You want to keep the fridge full, but not overstuffed, as overpacking can block the air vent and lead to a warmer fridge.
Neglecting the Coils
Few people realize their refrigerator has condenser coils, but these are essential to the appliance’s functionality. Over the years, they get dusty and dirty just like everything else that sits still. One can find them at the back or bottom of the fridge and should give them a simple dusting with an applicable device to avoid them getting overheated.
Overusing the Water Filter
Lastly, using the same water filter for over a year is certainly refrigerator abuse. By letting it go, you lessen the chance that your fridge is producing safe water and ice for you. Contaminants, chlorine, etc. can make it into your body because of the neglect. Take care of your and your fridge’s health by changing the water filter more or less every six months.
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