The average refrigerator has a lifespan of approximately 15 years, but there are certain things you can do to make yours last longer. Since they are not a cheap investment, we want to get as many years out of them as humanly possible. These three tips can help you do just that.
1). Vacuum the condenser coils.
The condenser coils are located on the back of your refrigerator, and are responsible for releasing heat. When these coils become coated in dust, your refrigerator has to work extra hard to keep cool. Clean these coils every six months with your vacuum’s brush attachment to keep your fridge running efficiently and reduce wear-and-tear.
2). Protect it from high-heat sources.
The warmer your refrigerator gets, the harder it has to work to keep cool, so it only makes sense to keep it away from sources of heat. Being next to appliances such as an oven, dishwasher, or dryer can only increase the workload on your refrigerator’s compressor. You should even try to keep it out of direct sunlight if possible.
3). Properly maintain the gasket.
The gasket is the rubber seal that runs along the perimeter of your refrigerator and freezer doors. This seal creates an airtight barrier between the inside of your refrigerator and your kitchen. If there is a small rip, crack, or loose edge in the gasket, warm air can enter your refrigerator when the door is closed. Every three months, apply a thin layer of Vaseline to your gasket to prevent it from drying out. You should also inspect it for damage every 4-6 weeks. If you notice anything wrong with the gasket, replace it immediately – replacements are cheap and easy to install.
When your refrigerator begins to malfunction, that doesn’t always mean it is time to buy a new one. Often times, your refrigerator can be repaired for a fraction of the cost of a new model. If you live in New York City or Long Island, call the refrigerator repair experts at Speedy Subzero at 866-782-9376.