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5 Tips for Maintaining the Life of Your Fridge

Home appliances are usually a large-ticket purchase, an investment made for your residence that you hope will last a long time. It turns out, how you care for them will impact their lifespan. Your refrigerator, in particular, needs special love and care, because it has the important task of safely storing your food. Below are five tips to maintain the lifespan of your fridge.

Care for your door seal. The rubber door seal, also known as the gasket, helps keep cool air in and warm air out, and is often the first part of the fridge to mold, tear, or weaken. Keep the gasket clean and replace as necessary to keep your fridge running at its peak.

Clean the condenser coils. Two to three times a year, clean the large condenser coils housed at the back or beneath your fridge. These coils remove heat from refrigerators and freezers, and keeping them clean will mean your fridge has an easier time with temperature maintenance, which will extend its life and lead to less energy consumption.

Interior maintenance. Once a week, wipe down your fridge's interior with vinegar or a disinfectant of your choosing. Once a month, empty it completely, toss expired items and wipe down the entire inside.

Deodorize. No one likes a stinky fridge, but fridge odors are common. Place a box of baking soda inside your fridge to soak up smells, and clean the interior regularly.

Replace the ice and water filtration. If your fridge has an ice maker, make sure to empty all ice and replace the water filtration system every six months.

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