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Maintaining Your Refrigerator During the Summer Months

need to defrost the freezerAs the summer approaches, we are once again reminded of how important our beloved refrigerator is to our everyday life. This special appliance keeps our food from spoiling, helps limit our trips to the grocery store, and provides us with cold beverages to enjoy. It is important that we take care of this essential appliance so that it will keep working for us.

During the summer, as the temperature and humidity rises, our refrigerators have to work harder than they do during the rest of the year. Although we take care of our refrigerator, sometimes it stops working. Since this is a crucial time for having refrigeration, any issues that we have with our refrigerator are substantial inconveniences.

It is vital that we take steps to keep our refrigerators running properly. The first step is to keep the refrigerator clean. The coils that are located at the bottom of the refrigerator should be cleaned once a year. Having clean coils allow the refrigerator to use less energy and run more resourcefully. The inside of the refrigerator, as well as the icemaker and bin, should be cleaned with warm, soapy water. This will help kill any germs and remove debris that can be clogging vents. Next, if you have a defrosting refrigerator be sure to clean the drain pan. Then, make sure that the door seal is working correctly. If the seal is broken or worn, cold air can escape and this will cause your appliance to work harder to compensate for the air loss. It can also cause your refrigerator to not keep your food as cold as it should.

If your refrigerator begins to not run as smoothly as it has in the past, or if it stops working and you have tried the steps that were mentioned, it is important to call a professional. According to an article found on www.energyguide.com, “Full size refrigerators may cost anywhere from $400 to $3,000…” Hiring an individual who is trained in fixing appliances can help save you the time and money that purchasing a new appliance would cost. If you are in need of a refrigerator repair, Dave’s Appliance Service can assist you and help you stay cool this summer.

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