Tips to Increase Your Refrigerator's Lifespan

A few things that can be done to extend the lifespan of any refrigerator

  1. Protect the plastic: Avoid using scratch-causing abrasives when cleaning drawers, shelves and handles. Simply wipe clean with a soft cloth, a mild detergent and a little baking soda.
  2. Give your food some elbow room: A full refrigerator operates more efficiently but not when it's crammed. Make sure there's enough space for air to circulate in the refrigerator and freezer compartments. 
  3. Keep your cool: By cleaning the refrigerator door seals regularly with soap and water, you eliminate dirt and grime that prevent proper sealing. To test your seals, slide a piece of paper in the closed refrigerator door. If it falls out, it's time to replace the seals.
  4. Banish mold and mildew: Wipe the inside of your refrigerator with pure white vinegar to prevent bacteria growth. After applying the vinegar, wipe surfaces clean and dry thoroughly.
  5. Clean your coils: Unplug the refrigerator and gently remove dust from the condenser coils. To find your condenser coils, check your owner's manual.

Lillian Cruickshank

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