Clean condenser coils
Dusty condenser coils cause a refrigerator to work harder; which results in increased energy
bills and a shorter life expectancy for the refrigerator. To prevent this from happening, use a vacuum or condenser brush to remove dust build up from the coils twice a year, every three months if shedding pets are present in the home. Depending
on the model that you own, the coils will either be located behind, underneath, or on top of the refrigerator. To access
coils located underneath, remove the grill at the bottom front of the refrigerator. To access coils located behind, pull
the unit out from the wall and remove the cover. To access coils on top, the large decorative panel above the unit will
have to be removed.
The gaskets on the refrigerator and freezer doors are designed to seal
the cool air in and to keep the warm air out. This is vital to the efficiency of your refrigerator. Regularly clean the
gasket with hot soapy water and wipe it dry. It is important to make sure that the gasket is as strong as it should be.
Wipe up any spills inside the refrigerator immediately as some liquids, once dried on the outer frame, will act like glue
and will cause the gasket to tear as the door is opened. Periodically, check the gasket to see if there are any areas that
are cracked or otherwise damaged.
If your refrigerator has an ice maker and/or a water dispenser,
it will likely have a water filter that needs to be replaced on a regular basis. Replace your filter every six to twelve
months or as recommended by the owner's manual.