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How To Maintain Your Fridge

5 Tips to Maintain Your Fridge

Whether you have a Cool-Room, Cold Storage Facility or Kitchen Fridge, to keep your systems up & running it is a good idea to remember these 5 maintenance tips

1. Check the Door Seals Regularly

A loose seal allows cool air to seep out, wasting energy and causing your fridge to work harder than it needs to. First make sure the seals are free of food residue. (Clean them about twice a year, using a toothbrush and a solution of baking soda and water.)

2. Keep the Coils Clean

When the condenser coils (see following page for more on parts) are covered with dust, the refrigerator can’t run efficiently. Twice a year, pull the machine from the wall to reveal the coils in back (or snap off the grille, if the coils are on the bottom front), unplug the refrigerator, and vacuum with the brush attachmen

3. Set the Right Temperature

Keep the fridge between 2.7C and 4C degrees and the freezer at -18C degrees

4. Have a full Frigde (even if you eat out a lot, fill up your fridge)

Refrigerators need “thermal mass” (a.k.a. lots of stuff) to maintain low temperatures. Cool foods and drinks help absorb warm air that streams in when you open the door

5. Be Prepared 

If the power goes out, keep the doors closed and use foods from the pantry. An unopened refrigerator will keep food safe for four hours; a freezer will maintain its temperature for 48 hours if full and 24 hours if half-full

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