Aside from our water heaters and our faithful dishwasher, one of the most important appliances in our homes is the refrigerator. A properly running refrigerator can maintain a good temperature so that it doesn’t have to work as hard, which means that your bill can stay at a good amount. However, a refrigerator that is not running properly or has some issues can cause your electrical bill to increase, and nobody really wants that.
At Fix-it Rite, I have seen many instances in which a quick fix on a refrigerator reduces an electrical bill and helps to keep the items inside colder longer. Below are some of the tips that I would recommend. If you are having issues with your refrigerator but don’t know how to fix it, call Fix-it Rite in Sacramento at (916) 363-6022 to schedule an appointment today. We also offer emergency service for those moments that require immediate service.
Check The Seals
The seal on the doors is what keeps the cold are in the refrigerator. Sometimes, those seals may get loose or develop kinks for whatever reason. Loose or kinked seals can allow the cold air to leave the fridge, causing it to work harder to replace that cold air. Food can also get stacked into the seals which can cause gaps between the seals and the fridge. A good tip is to clean the seals twice a year to check for loose areas or holes.
Clean The Coils
The condenser coils are located on the back of your refrigerator, and they allow the appliance to run efficiently. However, over time, they will typically begin to collect dust, which will cause them to reduce efficiency. In other words, these coils help the refrigerator balance its energy, so it doesn’t have to overwork because, when it does, your bill may go up. A good tip is to use the brush adaptor of your vacuum to clean the coils twice a year.
Setting the temperature in your refrigerator is a crucial part of keeping it running properly and keeping the food inside safe. According to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, the proper temperature is at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, and the freezer should be maintained at 0 degrees. This will help your food maintain proper temperature.
Add More Items
In order to maintain a low temperature, refrigerators require a fair number of items. This is called thermal mass, which means that cold items help preserve the temp of other items. Also, cold foods and liquids help to reduce the amount of warm air that streams into the refrigerator when the door opens. If you have too much space in the fridge, try putting extra items in to help reduce empty space.
If you are having issues with your refrigerator but don’t know how to fix it, call Fix-it Rite in Sacramento at (916) 363-6022 to schedule an appointment today. We also offer emergency service for those moments that require immediate service.