A refrigerator that runs efficiently will keep your food cool while also keeping your energy bills to a minimum. Many refrigerators are overworked which can cost you money in not only energy bills, but also due to food spoiling at a faster rate. Here’s how you can keep your refrigerator running efficiently:
- Clean the Working Parts – Refrigerators sit up against a wall with no way for the back to be cleaned. Pull the appliance out and start vacuuming and cleaning off the back where the coils and condenser are. Dirt, dust, and debris can collect, blocking the heat exhaust from escaping freely.
- Cool & Cover – Foods that are left uncovered will spread their moisture into the air inside of the refrigerator. Air with a high level of moisture is harder to cool which will cause the condenser to overwork itself. Make sure you take the time to cover all foods, but also leave them out of the refrigerator to cool off. Just don’t leave food out for too long as bacteria can develop. Hot food and drinks will also cause the condenser to overwork in the attempt to cool down the internal temperature. Try not to refrigerate an uncovered pot of warm soup — now you’re just asking for trouble!
- Fill in the Blanks – Many Americans have decently sized refrigerators and sometimes it can be challenging to try and fill it. If you’re the type of person that doesn’t pack your appliance to the brim, consider adding some water. Closed bottles and containers of water will help keep your refrigerator cool and can give the condenser a much needed break. You’ll also be thankful when you discover that you’ll have a large quantity of cold water ready to go!
The refrigerator is the most used and most overworked household appliance. Utilize these tips to get the most efficiency and years of usage out of your refrigerator. After using these tips, if you notice that your refrigerator isn’t cooling off or the energy bills are still high then contact Tri-City Heating and Cooling. Our experts will have it running smoothly in no time! To learn more, or to schedule a service, give us a call at (203) 303-5700.