Refrigerate food quicklyFood shouldn’t be at room temperature for longer than two hours. The hotter the temperature in the room is, the less time available before the food gets spoiled outside. Post that, food should be covered and put into the refrigerator to keep it safe.
Don’t refrigerate hot foodThe hot food might cause the temperature inside the fridge to rise, causing surrounding food items to spoil. Also, the hot food takes longer to cool, so you might not be getting the intended refrigeration in the amount of time you keep it in the fridge.
Check the door gasketThe gasket that seals the fridge when you close the door could have even small tears that prevent the contents to cool completely. It allows cool air to escape and prevents the door from shutting completely.
Stop overcrowding the refrigeratorWhen there’s too much food stored inside the fridge, the cool air won’t be able to circulate around the refrigerated food, causing suboptimal cooling performance.
Keep the coils cleanThe coils at the back of your fridge are responsible for keeping your food cool by releasing heat from the coolant. Over time, these coils might accumulate dust, pet hair or other items that affect how well they can release heat and cause the compressor to overheat. Before cleaning the coils, remember to turn off the fridge. Do it once a year unless your fridge is in a particularly dusty area. If required, consult a technician.
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