Refrigerator Maintenance Tips

Refrigerator Maintenance Tips

Manual-defrost freezers/refrigerators maintenance

A great benefit of manual defrost freezers/refrigerators is that they do not require much maintenance.

At times, though, you might need to remove the food from the freezer/refrigerator. If you find a half inch or more of frost has accumulated on inside of the freezer walls, turn off the thermostat. Alternatively, you may unplug the freezer/refrigerator and subsequently allow the frost to melt completely.

The next step is to turn your unit on once more. When the frost has totally melted, allow a few minutes for the freezer/refrigerator to reach its operating temperature. Finally, restock the unit with food.

Self-defrosting freezers/refrigerators

You never need to manually defrost your unit since the freezer/refrigerator is a self-defrosting unit. The freezer/refrigerator heats up its cooling coils slightly before melting frost that builds up on the coils every 6 to 8 hours. At the bottom of the freezer/refrigerator, the remaining water drains into a shallow pan.

Another advantage is that you don’t need to empty the pan. In fact, the water in the pan will evaporate without any extra effort although smell may become an issue over time. If odor becomes an issue, you can remove the pan periodically for cleaning. Simply detach the lower grill and slide the pan out the front of the freezer/refrigerator.

It is also important to make note of a potential health concern: mold growing in the drain pan. Make sure to periodically clean the drain pan if your drain pan is removable and/or you sensitive to mold.

There is a cooling fan under the freezer/refrigerator along with a set of coils which need to be cleaned at least once a year. The coils look like a wide radiator or you may recognize them as a grate. Next, you need to unplug the freezer/refrigerator and use a Refrigerator Condenser Brush, available in the parts section of our website. Finally, vacuum any lint, pet hair, and other remaining materials from the coils.

Try using the Refrigerator Cleaner, which is also found in our parts section, to clean the surfaces if the gasket or interior freezer/refrigerator is dirty.

Odors are also another consideration for your freezer/refrigerator, but baking soda works great.