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Keeping It Cool As The Weather Heats Up

Preventative Maintenance:

Summer heat can stress your refrigerator. Regular maintenance by Appliance Master can help prevent problems before they start. Our yearly service includes: 

  • Condenser coil cleaning
  • Defrost drain cleaning
  • Evaluation of vital components

Catching small issues now can save you money and prevent a food spoilage disaster later.

Warning Signs Your Refrigerator Needs Attention:

  • Softening ice cream or quickly spoiling milk: These could indicate a temperature rise.
  • New squeaks or noises: Address these before they turn into motor failure.
  • Ice crystals, frost, or freezer burn on food: This suggests temperature fluctuations caused by:
    • Leaving the door open
    • Overly full freezer preventing proper door closure
    • Dirty or damaged door seal (test by placing a slip of paper in the seal)
    • Bent or loose drawer rails on bottom freezers

Avoid DIY Disasters:

Appliance Master recommends against: Call Appliance Master for expert refrigerator maintenance.

  • Using coat hangers to clear the defrost drain (it can damage the drain).Scraping away ice buildup (unplug the unit and let ice melt naturally, or call a professional).Assuming DIY methods solve the problem (they might only mask it).

Daily Habits for Peak Performance:

Here are some tips to keep your refrigerator running efficiently all year round: 

  • Temperature settings: Set your fridge to 37-40°F and your freezer to 0°F. Colder settings waste energy.
  • Clean condenser coils: This can improve efficiency by up to 30%. Clean them annually, more often if you have pets (refer to Part 1 for cleaning services).
  • Mind the room temperature: Keep your kitchen around 70°F. Colder or hotter rooms make your fridge work harder. Avoid placing it next to heat sources like ovens or dishwashers.
  • Air circulation:  Position your refrigerator with a few inches of clearance on all sides.
  • Minimize door openings: Open the door less frequently and for shorter periods.
  • Cool hot foods first: Let hot dishes cool before placing them in the fridge.
  • Maintain proper fullness: A moderately full fridge (not overloaded) helps maintain temperature.

In Conclusion:

By following these tips and scheduling regular maintenance with Appliance Master, you can ensure your refrigerator keeps your food fresh and runs smoothly for years to come.

Bill Cummins

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