Did you know a full fridge or freezer uses less electricity than an empty one? It’s true! It takes less energy to keep it cool if you already have cold products inside. What about the coils on the back or bottom of your refrigerator? Did you know that by cleaning those just once a year you can improve your refrigerator’s efficiency by as much as 30%? It can also help save on costly refrigerator repair or service. And the best part – it takes less than 5 minutes!
Follow these 4 simple steps to clean your fridge’s coils:
1. Safety first – unplug the refrigerator.
2. Next, figure out if the coils are behind or under your refrigerator – pull the fridge out or remove the kick plate under the door and peek under Refrigerator Repair Los Angeles.
3. Look for dust or debris on the coils – it’ll keep them from cooling, making your refrigerator work harder.
4. Finally, use a vacuum to remove dust balls, pet hair or anything else that might restrict air movement – if you’d prefer, use a coil brush (the kind that can be purchased at a hardware store) instead of a vacuum.
And while you’re back there… complete these other quick fixes to save more money and keep your fridge running smoothly:
» Check the door seals for air leaks – if air’s getting out, you could be wasting energy and money.
» Remove any mildew from the ice and water dispenser openings and check the water dispenser for proper flow rate – normally 8-10 ounces of water in 10 seconds.
» If your refrigerator is more than 20 years old – consider replacing it. Newer units generally consume less than half the energy of comparable old units – even if they’re working perfectly!