The refrigerator is one of your home’s most important (and expensive) home appliances. For peak efficiency, maintenance and cleaning should be done on a regular basis. Otherwise, dirt and dust can build up in the refrigerator’s condenser coils; door gaskets can easily loosen their grip and allow cold air to leak out; and the temperature inside can become unstable, putting all the foodstuff inside at risk of spoilage. These refrigerator maintenance tips can help keep your refrigerator operating in peak condition.
Clean The Refrigerator Interior Weekly
Clean the interior of your fridge weekly.
Always wipe up any spills in the refrigerator (fridge) immediately to keep bacteria from growing.
Wash first with soapy, warm water, then disinfect with a solution of one teaspoon of bleach in one quart of water.
This is also how to clean the fridge door and handles it.
Every week, do a more thorough cleaning and toss out old foods.
Kindly add a box of open baking soda to the back of a low shelf to help absorb food odors, so your other edibles do not.
Check expiration dates of foodstuffs and condiments you keep, rotating them so that the oldest of any item (for example, milk) is front and center when little hands are searching.
After every few weeks, do a major cleaning. First, unplug the refrigerator for safety. Then remove all food.
Dissolve four teaspoons of baking soda in one quart of water.
With a clean, soft cloth, wash all interior surfaces, including the bottom, top, drawers, and walls. Pay special attention to crevices and corners.
Then, rinse all the surfaces with warm water. Dry with a clean, soft cloth. Don’t forget to plug the refrigerator back in!
Check The Interior Temperature Regularly
Monthly refrigerator maintenance should include checking the interior temperature of the refrigerator. And to prevent food from spoiling, the temperature needs to be between 34 F and 40 F.
You can’t rely on the little gauge (1-5) in the fridge. So, get a refrigerator thermometer.
Whenever possible, allow leftovers to cool to room temperature before placing them inside the refrigerator. Hot food can easily cause refrigerator temperatures to drop.
Don’t overload your refrigerator. Parties are a dangerous time because you cram a lot of foodstuff inside your fridge, and then you are continually opening the door. Turn down the temperature during these occasions to keep the foodstuff cold.
Consider A Newer Model
Finally, remember the adage “Out with the old, in with the new”? If your refrigerator is more than 20 years old, then it’s time for a new one. Older refrigerator models can use up to 3 times more electricity than modern energy-efficient refrigerators.
And while choosing an ideal refrigerator, kindly refer to our list of top 5 best refrigerators in India 2020.