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How to Get the Most Out of Your Refrigerator

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As the most-used appliance in the home, the refrigerator works around-the-clock to keep your food cold and fresh. Like anything else, it will perform better and last longer if it is properly maintained and cared for. Here’s how you can get the most out of your refrigerator:

Vacuum the condenser coils.

The condenser coils are located on the back of most refrigerators, and are responsible for releasing excess heat. These coils tend to accumulate dust and dirt, which can increase wear-and-tear on your appliance. Cleaning these coils every six months is a proven way to extend the lifespan of your refrigerator. Simply unplug the unit, slide it away from the wall, and vacuum the coils using your cleaner’s brush attachment.

Lubricate and inspect the gasket.

The gasket is the rubber seal that runs along the perimeter of the refrigerator door. It creates an airtight barrier between your refrigerator and the kitchen, keeping cold air in and warm air out. Unfortunately, the gasket is prone to drying out and cracking, which can allow cold air to escape when the door is closed. Apply a thin layer of Vaseline to the gasket every two months to prevent this from happening.

Give six inches of space.

Your refrigerator keeps a cold interior by releasing warm air into the kitchen. In order to operate at peak efficiency, this heat needs sufficient room to escape. That is why you should leave at least six inches of space on all sides of your refrigerator. Placing it too closely to the cabinets or the wall can cause it to overheat.

Keep it well-stocked.

When you keep your refrigerator well-stocked, everybody wins. Not only does your family like having an ample supply of food, but a full refrigerator is actually more energy-efficient than an empty one. Avoid over-stocking your fridge though, as this can actually hinder airflow and lead to warm spots.

Limit how many times you open the door.

The average family of four opens the refrigerator door more than 14,000 times over the course of a year. Every time you open your refrigerator, up to 30% of the cold air can escape. Over time, you can see how much energy this wastes. Be conscious of how many times you open your refrigerator door throughout the day, and try to get all of your ingredients out in one trip when making a meal.

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