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Refrigerator Maintenance Tips

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Clean condenser coils

Dusty condenser coils cause a refrigerator to work harder; which results in increased energy bills and a shorter life expectancy for the refrigerator. To prevent this from happening, use a vacuum or condenser brush to remove dust build up from the coils twice a year, every three months if shedding pets are present in the home. Depending on the model that you own, the coils will either be located behind, underneath, or on top of the refrigerator. To access coils located underneath, remove the grill at the bottom front of the refrigerator. To access coils located behind, pull the unit out from the wall and remove the cover. To access coils on top, the large decorative panel above the unit will have to be removed.

Door gaskets

The gaskets on the refrigerator and freezer doors are designed to seal the cool air in and to keep the warm air out. This is vital to the efficiency of your refrigerator. Regularly clean the gasket with hot soapy water and wipe it dry. It is important to make sure that the gasket is as strong as it should be. Wipe up any spills inside the refrigerator immediately as some liquids, once dried on the outer frame, will act like glue and will cause the gasket to tear as the door is opened. Periodically, check the gasket to see if there are any areas that are cracked or otherwise damaged.

Water filter

If your refrigerator has an ice maker and/or a water dispenser, it will likely have a water filter that needs to be replaced on a regular basis. Replace your filter every six to twelve months or as recommended by the owner's manual.

Some refrigerators will have a reminder light that illuminates when it is time to change the filter. To reset this light, use the general instructions below related to some of the more common units in the field.

Amana: Press and hold the auto and dispenser lock buttons until the water filter status indicator light flashes.

Frigidaire: Press and hold the reset button until the indicator light flashes.

GE and Hotpoint: Press and hold the reset button for eight seconds.

Jenn Air: Press and hold the light and lock buttons until the water filter light flashes.

Kitchen Aid: Press and release the light button five times quickly.

Maytag: Press and hold the light and lock buttons until the water filter light flashes.

Samsung: Press and hold the ice type and child lock buttons at the same time for three seconds.

Whirlpool: Press and release the light button five times quickly.