Fact or Myth? – Refrigerators

We use
refrigerators every day, but how much do we really know about them?
Read through these five statements about refrigerators and see if you
can determine which ones are facts and which ones are simply myths.
1. You should store milk
and other dairy products on the refrigerator door.
Myth. Temperatures
are generally higher near the refrigerator door than anywhere else
because of the constant opening and closing. This is why you should
keep condiments on the door and store spoilage-prone items such as
meat and milk towards the back of the refrigerator where it stays the
2. The optimal
temperature range for a refrigerator is between 35 and 39° F.
Fact. Keeping
your refrigerator’s temperature between 35 and 39° is the best for
keeping your food fresh. Anything below 35° is too close to the
freezing point of water, and anything 40° and above will promote the
growth of bacteria.
3. The condenser coils on
the back of your refrigerator should be cleaned once per year.
Myth. To
keep your refrigerator running efficiently and your energy bill low,
you should clean its condenser coils every six months. Doing so will
also minimize wear-and-tear on your appliance and help prevent future
breakdowns and repairs.
4. Refrigerating
batteries helps them last longer.
Myth. When
stored at normal room temperature, standard alkaline batteries
discharge their energy at a rate of 2% per year. Storing them in the
refrigerator might
marginally reduce this number, but battery manufacturers recommend
against doing this because it can lead to condensation and the
corrosion of the batteries.
5. The compressor is
essentially the heart of your refrigerator.
Fact. The
compressor is the most important part of your refrigerator, much like
your car’s engine or your body’s heart. In addition to acting as a
pump to circulate the refrigerant through the system, the compressor
adds heat to the liquid refrigerant by compressing it, helping to
cool the inside of your refrigerator.
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