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Keep Things Chilled: 3 Ways To Keep Your Refrigerator Running Strong

When it comes to your kitchen appliances, your refrigerator is one of your biggest investments. Because of that, you want to help it last as long as possible. To do that, you need to take good care of it. With proper care, your refrigerator should last about 14 years. Here are three steps you can take to keep your refrigerator running strong.

Clean the Door Seals

You might not realize this, but the white gasket around your refrigerator door is one of the most important parts of your refrigerators cooling system. It's the gasket that seals the door shut so that the cold air stays inside. To help keep the cold air in, you should clean the gasket at least once a month.

Fill a bucket with warm water and add about 2 or 3 tablespoons of grease-cutting dish detergent. Use a soft cloth to wash the gasket. Be sure to lift the edges of the gasket to clean inside. Allow the gasket to air dry. While you're cleaning the gasket, take a minute to test its sealing power. Take a piece of paper and close the refrigerator door on it. Let go of the paper. If the door is able to hold the paper in place, the seal is good. If the paper slips, you should have the gasket replaced.

Vacuum the Coils

There is a system of coils along the back side of your refrigerator. Those coils are responsible for cooling your refrigerator. Once the coils get dirty, or coated with dust, your refrigerator won't stay as cool as it should. You can keep your refrigerator working properly by cleaning the coils about once every six months. Pull your refrigerator away from the wall. Place the upholstery attachment on your vacuum, and use it on your coils. Be sure to clean each of the coils.

Empty the Drain Pan

If you look along the bottom of your refrigerator, you'll notice a vent. If you remove the vent and look inside, you'll see a small drain pan. The drain pan holds the condensation that drains from the refrigerator. You should remove the pan and empty it at least once every three months. Failure to drain the water could result in foul odors.

Don't take chances with your refrigerator. You can keep it in tiptop shape by using the maintenance tips provided here. Be sure to speak to your appliance repair technician, like A OK Appliance Service, for other tips on how to help your refrigerator last longer.