Practical Advice on Refrigerator Maintenance

As we all know, replacing or buying a new refrigerator can be very expensive depending on the type of fridge you have.  At DuPage Appliance Repair, we focus a lot on educating our customers on taking preventative measures to help keep their household appliances running smoothly as possible as well as helping them avoid costly repairs in the future.

Before I continue, I do want to take this time to let our readers know that attempting to repair a refrigerator or freezer without the proper training and knowledge of safety standards is dangerous!

Refrigerators & freezers (as well as any other appliance) should only be repaired by skilled professionals who have the knowledge and experience to safely bring them back to life. I’m not trying to scare you or anything… but repairs performed by unqualified people risk serious injury or even death. A relatively small outlet can easily carry the current needed to kill a person. 

To reduce the need of repairs in the future, I have outlined a few preventative measures that I think are appropriate and practical… Proper maintenance and care is essential in keeping your refrigerator and freezer running efficiently. By following these tips, you can prolong the life of your refrigerator/freezer and avoid many costly repairs.

Preventative Maintenance is important especially if you want to save against costly repairs in the future!Before you even bring a new refrigerator in your home, be sure to ship the refrigerators unit upright. Placing the refrigerator on the side may cause a Freon leak that will prevent cooling. Placing refrigerator on its back will damage the condenser coils. Also, this can cause the compressor to fail if restarted before allowing the oil ample time to drain out of the lines and the compressor back into the oil chamber.

 

 

  • Locate refrigerators away from heat sources like ranges, radiators, and sunny windows. To prevent overheating and system failure, do not place the refrigerator near anything that can restrict the airflow to the motor, coils and compressor. Also, do not place refrigerators on top of carpeting because most condensers are located under the refrigerator and carpeting retains heat and restricts airflow.
  • To avoid burning out the compressor, always plug the refrigerator directly into the wall. If you absolutely need to run an extension chord, make sure a heavy duty, 3-pronged extensions cord. If unsure, consult the manufacturer specifications in the user guide.
  • Always ship refrigerators upright. Placing the refrigerator on the side may cause a Freon leak that will prevent cooling. Placing refrigerator on its back will damage the condenser coils. Also, this can cause the compressor to fail if restarted before allowing the oil ample time to drain out of the lines and the compressor back into the oil chamber.
  • When leaving for an extended time like a vacation or other long trip discard perishable food, turn off the ice maker and leave the refrigerator powered on.
  • Do not over fill the refrigerator because cold air can’t circulate freely to regulate the temperature food.
  • To prevent odors and food quality; cover or wrap all exposed foods. Clean up spills and remove spoiled food immediately.
  • Clean the refrigerator/freezer regularly by taking out all food and removable interior parts. Wash with a mild household detergent or baking soda and rinse with warm water. Rinse and wipe dry. Take out removable glass shelves and plastic and repeat the procedure. Be careful not put cold glass or plastic in hot water; they may crack. Clean the door gasket with detergent solution; rinse and dry. Do not use abrasives.
  • Sweep or vacuum dust and other debris under and around your refrigerator to promote good airflow and temperature.

I hope you you guys found this little article useful!  By following the tips I’ve outlined in this blog post, you can hopefully prolong the life of your refrigerator unit and avoid costly repairs in the future. However, there might be times when a repair is legitimately needed.

For those times that you do indeed need a repair, feel free to give us a call at (630) 335-1195.  We have factory trained staff that are ready to help you with your refrigerator, freezer, or any other major household appliance.

Thanks again for reading!  All the best!

 

One Response so far.

  1. Bill Watson says:

    Hi! Just testing to see if this works!

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