Save Energy By Cleaning Your Refrigerators And Freezers

The refrigerator is an essential appliance in the house or in your business establishment. Here’s how to clean the refrigerator or freezer more efficiently.

The condenser coil, which helps disperse heat, it tends to collect dust because it is outside the cabinet. Dust lowers the efficiency of the appliance in addition to that, it also raises the electricity cost. The condenser should be cleaned annually or twice a year, particularly before the onset of the summer season. The reason is that because high weather temperatures impose heavy demands on a refrigerating system.

It is easy to clean a back-mounted condenser once you

pull out the refrigerator. But there are many models with the coil mounted in a compartment underneath the cabinet. Clean this area by using a condenser-coil cleaning brush, which can be bought in hardwares and appliance stores, and a crevice tool used for cleaning vacuum cleaners. Most manufacturers advice you to clean from the front area. But this task can be more difficult if the coil is
under a shield and toward the back of the refrigerator. It is a bit easier to clean the coil from the back after you remove the cardboard “service access,” but you’ll have to move the appliance from its normal position.

Some older models of refrigerators have a removable drip pan that can develop odors that come from food spills dripping into it from inside the refrigerator. If possible, check it from time to time, then wash and rinse the pan using a dishwashing detergent and water.

When cleaning the inside of the refrigerator, use the mildest cleaning detergent possible or just a damp sponge. Avoid scratching the soft plastic surfaces. If water alone does not work, use a solution of baking soda and water. It is particularly important to keep the gasket or door seal clean. Dirt buildup impairs the gasket’s ability to keep cold air in.

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