Fridge Freezer Maintenance – Self Service
Routine servicing of your fridge-freezer is recommended to keep it running smoothly and prolong its life.
Always turn the power off at the mains and disconnect the plug from the socket before you start to clean.
- Clean compressor coils every six months. The coils, found at the back or bottom of the fridge can get greasy and dusty. Switch off the fridge and if accessible use a vacuum cleaner to remove excess dust and wipe with a damp cloth.
- Pay attention to the door’s rubber seals. If they are getting glued to the frame by a build-up of grime, you’ll have to pull harder to open the door and risk tearing. Plus, if the door doesn’t seal properly, the fridge has to work harder, which could increase your electricity bill. Wipe away sticky debris with warm water, then dry with a towel. Don’t use chemicals, which can harm rubber. Test how well the seal is working by seeing if it will grip a piece of paper when you shut the door. If it doesn’t, the seal will soon need replacing.
- If you have a water filter in your fridge, change it every three to six months, according to your manufacturer’s instructions. It’s easy to do and protects you and the family from potentially harmful contaminants.
- Check the temperatures. Generally, fridges should be set between 2.8°C and 4.4°C (never more than 5°C) and freezers should be set at around -18°C.
- Clean your fridge freezer often, inside and out. Read more.
- Power cut? Keep the fridge doors closed to ensure the low temperature is retained. If the appliance is left to stand without power for too long, check that food has not started to defrost before switching on.