When you think about how much money you spend on groceries, keeping your refrigerator well maintained is extremely important, as if it breaks down you could be lose hundreds of dollars from spoiled food. No one wants to run into this problem, especially over the holidays, but there are ways to avoid fridge malfunctions. Keep reading for 3 maintenance tips for fridges.
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Listen for Dripping Noises
You may hear the refrigerator making crackling sounds or settling throughout the day; this is normal. If you hear dripping or see leaks, this is a big sign that there is a problem with your fridge. If this happens you should try pulling out the drip pan to see if there is any debris clogging the area. If you find excessive dripping it could mean water is blocked and could possibly be puddling under your refrigerator, for which you will need to call a technician for a repair.
Make Sure Fridge is Level
A level fridge is an efficient fridge. This is because when your fridge is level it allows all of the internal parts to operate properly. Leaks are more likely to occur 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 getting hurt.
Coils Should Be Clean
The coils on your fridge are another part that need to be regularly maintenanced in order to keep the fridge working optimally. Over time dust and debris build up and will affect how efficiently the coils work. If you want to clean the coils you should pull the fridge from the wall and wipe them down. Some fridges have the coils underneath it as opposed to in the back. This job is simple to our technicians, but as you need to pull the fridge out it may be difficult for some homeowners. 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.