Important Refrigerator Care Tips
- Every so often to prevent damaging the fridge door seal, with a damp cloth wipe it and the cabinet surface that it touches when refrigerator door is closed with a damp cloth. Often inadvertent spilled sweet sticky beverages such as soda and juice will accumulate especially at the bottom opening, (so special attention should be paid to the bottom portion). Failure to do so can eventually cause the seal to rip and tear allowing warm air and moisture to enter which can cause the refrigerator’s insulation to become wet and less effective, add to energy expenses and not to mention causing an expensive seal replacement job.
- Although your refrigerator door is designed to hold containers of all sizes, maxing it out with many full sized beverage bottles will eventually take its toll on the door hinges, plastic inner door liner and the door shelves themselves. If unchecked it could affect the doors ability to close properly, causing air leaks and an expensive repair. Whenever practical to extend the life of the door, the larger 1 and 2 liter bottles should be placed in the inside the refrigerator itself.
- The refrigerator condenser coils function is to remove heat, creating refrigeration but it is very susceptible to accumulating dust and lint from the air, if left unchecked it can reduce your refrigerator’s ability to refrigerate, shorten the life of the compressor and make it run long raising the electric bill. It needs to be vacuumed once or twice a year. It is usually is located in the front at floor level behind the removable grill kick plate. If not, (except on Sub-Zero where it is usually on the top with the compressor condensing unit), it should be in the back. (the vacuum cleaner crevice tool will come in handy).
- Your refrigerator’s door swing is determined by it’s leveling position. If tilted backwards the door will “want” to swing closed when open; if it sits level on the floor and the fridge door will stay in place, tilt it forward and it will tend to swing open which will make it difficult to close if your hands are already occupied as well as the risk that careless closing may end up causing the door to wind up in the open position for an extended period.
What to do?
Most fridges are equipped with leveling screws feet located under both front corners that will raise and lower the refrigerator with the use of an open ended wrench, adjustable wrench, or pliers. Turning the feet clockwise will lower the front of the fridge while counter clockwise will raise it. Either the level stay in place position or the automatic closing option are a matter of personal choice – but now you know how to control it!
Commonly asked refrigerator questions
Q: What number should the refrigerator temperature dial or read out be set at?
A: The numbers on the fridge read out or dial are only relative, not designating an exact temperature. The only way to properly determine it-is to adjust the numbers while using a refrigerator thermometer.
Q: What is the correct refrigerator temperature?
A: Generally the correct refrigerator temperature is a matter of personal preference but the range is usually between 34* F and 40* F. Caution -should be taken not to bring the refrigerator temperature to close to 32* F (freezing).
Q: How long should the fridge run before it turns it self off?
A: There is no set time interval for the refrigerator to go on and off. The fridge will run longer when the ambient temperature, (temperature where
the refrigerator is), is warmer, or if it is being entered a lot when in the kitchen preparing meals. The fridge is controlled thermostatically as opposed to by a timing device.
Q: My refrigerator has a foul odor. Could that be Freon that I am smelling?
A: No it can not be Freon or the refrigerant that is the chemical in a refrigerator that creates the cooling effect in the refrigerator because it is odorless. If in fact the Freon was leaking in an appreciable amount the refrigerator also would not be refrigerating either.
Q: There is a chemical type odor coming from my refrigerator, if not Freon what else could it be?
A: There is nothing mechanical in a refrigerator to cause a chemical odor of. Believe it or not, a mere discarded food item hiding inside the.refrigerator can give off a chemical smell as it decomposes.
Q: How long should it take for the refrigerator to resume to a normal refrigerator temperature after it was repaired?
A: To bring the refrigerator temperature down to where it was before mechanical failure can take any where from 12 to 36 hours depending on the. amount of “heat load” based on the quantity of food in the refrigerator and what temperature it has risen to. Also sometimes if the refrigerator or freezer was left open for an extended period by the repair technician while he serviced the refrigerator, that too can substantially contribute to . a longer wait.
Q: My refrigerator was just repaired, and it seems to be running continuously how long should it be until it cycles on and off in normal intervals.
A: It all depends on the heat load of the refrigerator. If the fridge is loaded with warmed up food and the technician had the doors open to the refrigerator for a long time while servicing it, it could take up to 48 hours for a normal on and off fridge cycle to resume. The average is between 18 and 36 hours.
Q: Should I dispose of thawed frozen food from the freezer or can it be refrozen?
A: As long as the food in the refrigerator/freezer is not completely thawed it can be safely refrozen providing that it was not spoiled or had a high bacteria count before it was frozen. Because each case is individual, you must exercise your own good judgement, more than relying on rules of thumb even as as stated here.
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