average lifespan of a brand new refrigerator is roughly 15 years, but
only if it is properly taken care of. If you misuse or neglect your
refrigerator, you could find yourself back in the appliance store in
as little as 8. If you have recently purchased a new fridge, you know
that they aren’t cheap. Use these five tips to protect your
investment and get the most out of your refrigerator.
Keep it at the right
temperature. If you find your
food constantly spoiling before the expiration date or your milk
keeps freezing, it is likely that you need to adjust your
refrigerator’s thermostat. It is recommended to keep your fridge
between 34-39°F to minimize bacteria growth and maximize the shelf
life of your food.
Stock smartly. Even
if your thermostat is set to the recommended climate, different
zones inside of the refrigerator will vary in temperature. For
instance, the refrigerator door is usually the warmest area, and the
bottom shelf is usually the coldest. Where in the fridge you store
your food can impact how long it stays fresh, learn how to properly stock your refrigerator here.
Clean it regularly.
Tidying up your refrigerator
every week will help keep it looking, running, and smelling like
new. It doesn’t have to be a long process; here is how to give your refrigerator a thorough cleaning in 20 minutes or less.
Avoid keeping the
door open. Every time you open
your refrigerator door, as much as 50% of the cold air escapes. This
number can be even higher when you leave the door open for long
periods of time. By minimizing the amount of times you open your
refrigerator door and how long you keep it open for, you can reduce
the workload on your compressor and extend the lifespan of your
maintenance. Just like your
car needs to have its oil changed every 5,000 miles, there are some
basic tasks you can do to keep your refrigerator running
efficiently. Vacuum the condenser coils on the back of your unit
every six months to remove any dust which has built up and
periodically test the strength of the door seal. To do this, close
your refrigerator door on a dollar bill – if you can easily remove
the bill or slide it up and down, it is time to replace your gasket.
your refrigerator is leaking, making loud noises, or otherwise
malfunctioning, you may be able to get it repaired for a fraction of
the cost of buying a new one. If you live in New York City, Long
Island, Connecticut, or New Jersey, help is just a phone call away
with Speedy Subzero. We offer same-day appointments and one-hour
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