Even with winter on its way your freezer still needs to be kept maintained because it will extend the lifespan of your appliance and save you repair costs by performing these simple repairs by yourself! These freezer maintenance tips laid out below will ensure you a better working freezer and overall lower household costs!
Clean the Condenser Coils
The condenser works harder and harder to sustain the correct temperature as dirt builds up on the soils, which could lead to higher energy bills and a shorter lifespan of your freezer. To avoid these unnecessary complications, the coils should be cleaned every three months or every month if you have furry friends in your home. To complete this maintenance, simply unplug your freezer, locate the coils on the bottom or back of the unit and vacuum them down.
Balance its Position
If your freezer is not leveled, the doors may shut at unusual angles so your freezer needs to be balanced to prevent this. This could cause a twisting of the shape of the door and cause your seal to be weak. Simply use a wrench or a hand level to adjust the appliance’s legs. This will increase the lifespan of your freezer.
Clean the Drain Opening Pan
Cleaning the drain opening pan properly eliminates moisture collected from everyday defrost cycles. To do this…
- Unplug the freezer and find the drain’s opening.
- Remove mineral deposits that might be clogging it.
- Clean the drain pan located underneath the freezer that accumulates condensation from the cooling coils.
- Take the front grille out and slide the pan out, dispose the water and wipe the pan.
- This will help keep mold spores from growing in the pan and it will prevent the air around your freezer from contamination.
Defrost It Regularly
If you have a manual defrost freezer, you should shut off the freezer from time to time to let it defrost. Most freezers now a day have a self-defrosting setting which enables the unit to thaw any frost. This is also important to remove freezer burn from foods. If the frost is very dense it can be scraped off by hand instead of naturally melted.
Examine the Seal/Gasket
The door seal allows your freezer to keep a steady temperature with minimal effort. Make sure the rubber seal/gasket on the door doesn’t have any cuts or slits that may be causing it to not seal properly. The way to test if you need a new door seal is by sliding a piece of paper in the door and if it easily pulls out you probably need to replace it. If your seal is not damaged, wipe it clean by getting rid of gunk or dust stuck in the seal.
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