Provided you make sure that you keep your refrigerator properly maintained, there’s no reason for you expect to get less than fifteen years of use from it. The better quality refrigerator can last for as long as twenty years when cared for properly. In addition to making sure you regularly have your refrigerator serviced you also need to know some basic information about caring for the refrigerator.
When you purchase your new refrigerator, you need to examine the back. Some of the models have a large metal object attached to the back of them that looks like a grid. When you purchase this refrigerator and set it up, you need to make sure there’s a minimum of one-inch worth of clearance between it and the wall.
While there’s nothing wrong with putting your new refrigerator in your garage, you do need to be mindful of the average temperature. Refrigerators have to work harder and will wear out more quickly when the temperature drops below 50 degrees.
Defrosting Your Freezer
When you purchase your freezer, you want to check and confirm if it’s a freezer with an auto-defrost feature or if you need to defrost it by hand. It’s not possible to convert a manually defrosting freezer to an automatic. The number of times you’ll have to defrost your freezer will depend on how often you open the door. If you have an automatically defrosting freezer, you should expect the internal temperature of your freezer to climb about 20 degrees each time it enters defrosting mode.
Loading the Refrigerator
You need to be very careful that you resist the urge to stuff your fridge with food. When there’s too much food inside the refrigerator, the food blocks the air’s ability to cycle properly and your food will spoil more quickly. On the other hand you can cram as much food into your freezer as you want, provided you don’t block the air vents and make sure that it’s properly sealed in a freezer proof bag that will prevent freezer burn.
You’ll Love Rollers
When you’re shopping for a new refrigerator you’re going to notice that nearly all of the models have rollers. This is a great feature you’ll quickly learn to appreciate. The great thing about the rollers is that you don’t have to learn to live with the armies of dust bunnies building forts between the wall and refrigerator, all you have to do is give the fridge a tug, roll it forward, and vacuum behind it. For the first time in your life you won’t dread having to clean behind and under the refrigerator.
Make sure you also clean the coil under your fridge a minimum of once a year.
Monitor Your Doors
Keep a careful eye on the seal of both your refrigerator and freezer doors. It’s not unheard of for these seals to wear out as the years pass by. Just because the seal might not be as tight as it was when you first purchased the refrigerator, it doesn’t mean you need a new one. These seals can be easily replaced. You can also have an ice machine added at the same time.
Don’t Ruin Your Shelves
We’re constantly surprised by the number of people we’ve met who have no idea that it’s possible to get additional shelves for the interior of their refrigerator. All it takes is contacting the manufacture, and placing an order. The additional shelves lower the compulsion to overload the shelves, causing the plastic brackets to snap off.
Trouble Shooting Your Refrigerator
You need to pay careful attention to how your refrigerator is running. When it seems to run constantly it could mean one of the following things has happened:
- You’ve gone to long without cleaning the condenser coil
- The seals have gone bad
- The thermostat needs replaced
- The fridge has somehow gotten wedged against the wall
- The light bulb doesn’t recognize that the doors been closed
- To much frost has collected on your internal evaporator coils
- You need to have refrigerant added.