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Refrigerators
May/June 2017

REFRIGERATOR TIPS:

As the summer months approach we all pray that we do not have to deal with refrigerator issues. If your refrigerator is not cold enough or doesn't seem to be cooling at all:
  • Check the controls - Are they ON - Are they set properly? Set them at midrange levels./li>
  • If still not cooling - Turn the thermostat up to the next highest setting. /li>
  • If it comes on or is cooling more proficiently let it run for 24 hours/li>
  • Check the inside temperature after 24 hours and confirm it is working properly
Keep the top of the refrigerator clear and make sure there is at least 1/2"- 1" clearance on the sides of the appliance. Make sure the refrigerator is level or very slightly tilted back so the door closes completely.

Avoid putting warm dishes into the refrigerator. Try to maintain the refrigerator temperature at 35 - 39 degrees on average - Increase or decrease this if there is more or less than an average amount of items in the refrigerator. Avoid opening the refrigerator door for lengths of time - letting cold air out and warm air in; which causes the compressor to work harder/longer to bring frig back to optimal temperature.

Once or twice a year use 1 tsp of baking soda - dissolved in warm water - and clean the door gasket. This not only removes dirt and debris but it keeps the gasket soft and functional. A couple of times a year check the door gasket. If it is loose - letting cold air out - replace it. A leaky door gasket shortens the life of the compressor and wastes energy.

It is important that the refrigerator coils are kept clean of built up dust and debris. Determine where the coils are located (behind the snap off grill on the front at the bottom or at the back of the unit partially covered by cardboard and use a condenser brush or vacuum cleaner, to clean at least twice a year. Condenser brushes can be found at most hardware stores or use your vacuum brush attachment. Unplug the unit, and avoid the refrigerator's insulation and fan blades. At least once a year slide the refrigerator out and clean behind it.

If you are moving - keep your refrigerator upright. If you turn it on its side there's a really strong possibility that the compressor oil will run out of the compressor and into the condenser - causing the compressor to burn out within a few hours or less because it has no oil....if for any reason it does not remain upright, do not plug it in for a day or two and you may get lucky and the oil will run back into the compressor.....It would be a lot more effective to contact a professional and have then install some oil to play it safe.
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