There is nothing more frustrating than when your fridge breaks down, and having it happen over the holidays is just a nightmare. Your refrigerator can hold hundreds of dollars in groceries. This makes your fridge an important appliance to have in your home, and if it breaks down you will lose a lot of money. Fortunately, there are ways to avoid fridge malfunctions. Keep reading for 3 maintenance tips for fridges.
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Coils Should Be CleanÂ
The coils on your fridge are used to regulate the temperature inside your fridge by releasing heat. In order for them to do this properly, they need to be cleaned regularly. This job is simple to our technicians, but as you need to pull the fridge out it may be difficult for some homeowners. If you want to clean the coils you should pull the fridge from the wall and wipe them down. They must be free of dust and able to vent heat from the fridge to be able to do its job cooling the contents inside. In most fridge the coils are located at the back of the appliance, but in some fridges have the coils underneath it as opposed to in the back. Always make sure to cut the power to the fridge if you are attempting to clean the coils.
Make Sure Fridge is Level
If your fridge is not level, it won’t work properly because the parts can shift out of position, or clogs can occur. You could actually have a leak if the appliance is tilted on an angle. The process of leveling a fridge can easily be done, but if you have never done it before, it may be better to hire a licensed technician to do it for you to avoid injury.
Listen for Dripping Noises
If you notice dripping or leaks, this is a warning that there is an issue. If you find excessive dripping it could mean water is blocked and could possibly be puddling under your refrigerator. If this happens you should try pulling out the drip pan to see if there is any debris or clogs in the area causing the problem. You may hear the refrigerator making crackling sounds or settling throughout the day because the temperature is fluctuating.