Refrigerators are not a cheap appliance, so you want the one you have running for quite some time without the need to replace it. Your refrigerator can go out of service for a number of reasons, one reason being an overheated refrigerator, but it can be prevented. See below for tips on how to extend the life of your refrigerator.

Keep The Inside Clean

Clean the inside of your refrigerator and freezer to keep miscellaneous items from blocking the fans inside both sections of your appliance. The interior fans help to circulate air and keep your freezer from frosting over. If your freezer or refrigerator is too full, clean it out and throw out old food or food you won't eat.

Vacuum Condensing Coils

Your refrigerator's condensing coils can be located at the back or underneath it. Check your owner's manual to find out where these are located on your appliance. If the coils are located at the back, you'll need to roll out your refrigerator. Unplug your appliance, then use a vacuum cleaner to get the dust off of the coils. If the condensing coils are underneath your refrigerator, unplug the appliance and take the front grill off to get to the coils. Use a vacuum and cleaning brush to get to the coils. If you have pets, your coils can be extra dusty and should be cleaned a few times per year. Getting the dust off of the coils helps to prevent your refrigerator from having to work too hard, thus overheating. Cleaning these coils will ensure your refrigerator works efficiently, and can end up saving you a few dollars on your energy bill.

Clean Condenser Fan

If your coils were located on the back of your refrigerator, chances are you do not have a condenser fan. If your coils were underneath your refrigerator, your fan is also located at the bottom, and can be located through an access panel on the back. Roll out your appliance and unplug it before taking the panel off. Use your vacuum to clean off dust, dirt and pet hair from the fan, motor and the rest of the area. Wipe down the drip pan to remove dust and debris. Then return the panel to the back of your refrigerator when finished.

Wipe Down Seals

Keep the seals in your refrigerator and freezer clean so you always have a tight seal. A dirty seal means that cool air can be leaking from your refrigerator, which can make your energy bill increase, as your refrigerator is going to work extra time to keep it cool. Wipe down seals using warm water and a clean towel.

Maintain your refrigerator by keeping it clean and free of dust to help extend the life of your refrigerator, in addition to saving you money on your energy bills. For more information, contact companies like Prompt Appliance Services, Inc.