DIY Home Maintenance – Refrigerators
DIY home maintenance can seem daunting if you are not mechanically minded. There are plenty of things you can do to keep down costs. These tips will keep your refrigerator out of the repair shop – and your hard earned cash in your pocket.
Keeping your door seals tight will reduce the amount of energy it takes to keep your food cool or frozen. However, it will also keep your refrigerator working efficiently, preventing premature wear on internal parts. To test the door seals, close the door on a dollar bill and attempt to pull it out with the door closed. If the bill slides out without much resistance, it’s time to replace the seals.
Also, if you have a refrigerator that has coils along the back, periodically vacuum these coils to remove dirt and dust build up. These coils contain the coolant the refrigerator uses to keep the internal temperature cold. If they become dirty, they won’t work efficiently, and your refrigerator may stop cooling altogether.
As a general tip, keeping your refrigerator full uses less energy than trying to cool when it’s empty. Therefore, keep as many items in your refrigerator as possible to help reduce energy costs.