Cleaning tips for a longer lasting fridge

Have you ever moved your fridge to paint behind it and noticed all of the dust bunnies? Yeah, cleaning the fridge – in, under and around – is sometimes a neglected chore on the cleaning to-do list. But when you’re doing your spring cleaning, there is one more thing you can do once a year that will help your refrigerator operate more efficiently and potentially last longer, too.

Once a year, it’s recommended that you clean the condensing coils that are located either at the back or underneath of your refrigerator. These condensing coils are needed in order for the fridge to cool properly and when they become dirty, the fridge has to work harder to keep cool, which is both a waste of energy and your money when it shows up on your utility bill. Dirty coils can also shorten the life of your refrigerator and there’s nothing worse than a fridge that conks out sooner than you’re ready to replace it. There are a few simple steps you can take to prolong the life of your refrigerator.

Carefully pull the fridge out from the wall and unplug it. Remove the panel that covers the coils and cooling fins. On most models, this panel simply lifts off though you may have to remove a few screws on some other models. Using the long, narrow nozzle on your vacuum (or a refrigerator coil brush if you happen to have one of those), clean out the dust and debris that has collected on the coils. But be gentle, you don’t want to bend or dent the cooling fins. When all of the dust is gone, replace the cover and push the fridge back into place.

For more tips on preventing wear and tear on your appliances, check out our website at www.scratchanddent.ca, call one of our technicians at 519-743-3623 or visit the store at 407 Gage Avenue, Unit #4 in Kitchener.