Avoiding a Costly Refrigerator Repair

Refrigerator repairIf you are like most people, you invest a lot of time and consideration when shopping for a new refrigerator that will best fit your needs.  Therefore, it’s in your best interest to make sure that your refrigerator and all of your appliances are well maintained . A well maintained refrigerator will be much more  efficient, consume less energy and help to avoid costly refrigerator repairs.  Here are some tips that may help you to avoid refrigerator or freezer repairs.

1.    Make Sure Refrigerator is Level: 
If your refrigerator is not level, the door is much more likely to stay ajar when trying to close it.  Obviously, the goal is to try and keep cold air inside of the fridge.  In addition, food is much more likely to roll or fall out of a refrigerator that isn’t level.  Take the time to level your unit.  This adjustment can easily be accomplished by turning the feet underneath it.

2.    Check For Cracked Door Gaskets: 
Your refrigerator door is hermetic because of the gasket lined around it. The gasket is flexible and helps to seal the unit to keep the cold air inside. Over time, the gaskets can have a tendency to dry, crack and lose their efficiency.  Firstly, touch the gasket to ensure it’s not dry or cracked. Then, close the door and pass your hand around the door to see if any air is coming out of the unit. If yes, the gasket needs to be replaced. (We can help with this)

3.    Inspect Condenser Coil and Fan: 
The condenser is part of the refrigeration system for the refrigerator and freezer. It’s job is to cool the hot gas that is discharged from the compressor, much like a radiator in a car. The coils and fan are located behind or under the fridge or freezer. Typically they are  exposed to a lot of dirt and dust. Dirt and dust can dramatically impact the efficiency of your refrigerator. The refrigerator’s coils and fan should be cleaned at least every 6 months. Use your vacuum to clean the coils and fan.

4.    Inspect the drain and the drip pan: 
The drain hole and drip pan accumulate water that is generated by the frost free feature. To prevent clogging, periodic cleaning is recommended. You should empty the drain hole and drip pan of any particles and water.

5.    Change the water filter: 
Most newer refrigerators that have a water dispenser use a filter. Some  models will automatically notify  you when the filter is due to be changed. On average, the filter typically needs to be changed every 6 months.

As with any small or large appliance, if you maintain them well, they will not only operate more efficiently but will tend to last much longer.  If you have any appliance repair or service issues don’t hesitate to call Turner Appliance Repair at 317-788-9810.

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