Refrigerators are typically the most expensive appliance in your kitchen, so you’ll want to make sure you get the most out of your investment. You should be able to expect a good 15 years out of one. But to be sure, I’ve compiled a list of to-do’s to help keep it going and going and going. And let’s not neglect that it needs to keep going as efficiently as possible. I know it’s not a fun chore, but purchasing a new one will cost a pretty penny.
1. You’ll want to clean the coils and condenser fan at least twice a year. Use a soft brush to loosen dust, and vacuum it away. Check your manual to locate them. Dust-caked coils can reduce the efficiency and wear out the compressor. There are a lot of studies done that indicate it can cost you significant money in energy to run a dirty refrigerator.
2. If you have a water dispenser, clean the spout at least monthly. Mold can build up in it. Use a pipe cleaner or tiny brush dipped in water and vinegar.
3. Change the water dispenser filter according to your manufacturer’s recommendation. Be sure to turn the water off first.
4. Test the gaskets by opening the doors, inserting a dollar bill, and shut the door. If you have to tug a little to get the dollar out, you’re okay. If it slides down, then it’s time to replace them.
5. Ice dispensers can harbor mold, also. At least once a month or so, turn it off, remove the ice basket, and dump the ice. Clean and dry the bin, replace it and turn it back on.
This is another chore that I can check off my autumn task list. Slow but sure, they’re getting done. Let me know how your fall list is coming along.