8 Tips To Maximize The Life Of Your Fridge & Freezer

Your time is valuable! Let’s face it, even when one can get any needed appliance repair completed under warranty like you can at Jim & Dave’s Appliance, no one wants to experience issues with their appliances in the first place.

At Jim & Dave’s, we’re passionate about helping residents throughout Northern Colorado enjoy long, efficient lives out of their appliances. In today’s blog, we’ll discuss a few of the steps you can take to get the best performance and longest life out of your fridge and freezer possible and minimize the need for repairs. Continue reading to learn how to keep your essential appliances in tip-top shape!

Minimize Frost Build Up

Major frost build up, such as an amount that you would need a chisel to remove, is indicative of larger issues, but some fridge models have minor amounts of frost build up as a normal part of its operation. Clearing away this small amount of frost periodically helps prevent your fridge from having to overexert itself to keep its temperature regulated.

Use The Power Save Mode (if applicable)

If your fridge has this option, use it! Most fridges have built-in wall heaters to inhibit humidity from developing in your fridge. Unless you’re seeing lots of condensation build up in your fridge, it’s not really necessary to have them running.

Monitor Temperatures

Turning your fridge’s thermostat up can save you quite a bit of money while still keeping your food at a safe temperature! The optimal temperatures for your fridge and freezer are 38°F and 4°F, respectively — you don’t need to pay to keep them cooler than that.

Don’t Pack Your Fridge Full

A de-cluttered fridge is an efficient fridge. Your fridge requires a good amount of space for air flow in order to maintain even temperature distribution throughout the fridge, so avoid jam-packing your fridge completely unless you absolutely need to for a large meal, such as Thanksgiving.

Use The In-Door Water & Ice Dispenser (if applicable)

Using the in-door dispenser (if your fridge has one) helps you minimize the need to open your fridge. The less you open your fridge, the less energy your fridge needs to keep food cool, and the more money you’ll save!

Clean The Condenser Coils

Your fridge’s condenser coils, located in the back or bottom of your fridge, help remove heat from your fridge. Dust them periodically to help them continue to function their best.

Keep Heat Sources Away

Nearby heat sources, such as direct sunlight, your oven, and other appliances, make your fridge’s compressor work much harder to maintain cool temperatures inside your fridge and freezer. If you can, position your fridge away from other heat sources in your kitchen.

Get Issues Fixed Quickly Under Warranty

As a fridge and freezer age, they will inevitably experience some issues that you need to fix, no matter how diligent you’ve been about keeping them clean and running smoothly. When your fridge and freezer start having problems, call Jim & Dave’s in Loveland for quick, efficient refrigerator repair! We’ll put our experience to work for you and show you why we’re one of the top-rated appliance repair contractors in Northern Colorado. We look forward to helping you!

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