You need your refrigerator to stay in good form all through the year, but during the summer you’ll appreciate this gadget more than ever. After all, if there’s even a slight lag in your refrigerator, you won’t be able to cool down with a chilly glass of water or cold beer after walking in from a hot summer day.
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As the temperature rises in summer, your refrigerator has to work harder to keep things inside cold. This means you have to be very careful about how you use the fridge in this season. Proper maintenance and care will ensure this gadget runs efficiently.
Here are a few tips to keep your refrigerator cool even in the hot summer.
- You must keep the refrigerator door shut as much as you can. Every time you open the door, it releases cold air and then the unit has to work harder to cool again. Decide what you want before you open the door and get it quickly when you do. Don’t leave the door standing open for a long time.
- Inspect the seals of the fridge and the freezer section. Make sure then are in good condition. A worn-out seal lets cool air escape from inside, which in turn makes your refrigerator slog harder.
- Keep the refrigerator in a cool location away from heat emitting appliances like the stove or oven. Also, make sure it’s not too close to a wall. It should have plenty of space so that the heat can dissipate well.
- Don’t place hot food inside the refrigerator. Let it cool down and reach room temperature before keeping it.
- Always cover the food or liquid when you keep it in the fridge or freezer. Uncovered food not only lets out an odour all around but also circulates something called “food dust” that can clog up the defrost drain.
- Don’t overfill the fridge as the lack of space hinders the air circulation. You don’t want to leave it empty either, as this will interfere with the balance of the temperature inside. Keep a pitcher of water in the fridge to fill overly open areas.
- The dust build-up on the coil of the refrigerator can affect its functioning. To keep the compressor in good shape, dust the coil every now and then.