Your refrigerator is probably one of the most important appliances in your kitchen, and keeping it in peak operating condition can lower your energy bills and also ensure that your edibles stay fresh and odor-free. Regular maintenance and cleaning can improve the efficiency of your refrigerator and prevent frequent breakdowns. Here is a look at simple steps you can take to help your refrigerator last longer and work better. 

Clean and inspect the door gaskets

Over time, the rubber door seals on your refrigerator can accumulate dust and other debris, affecting their ability to properly seal out the interior of the appliance. This can result in warm outdoor air getting into the interior, causing the appliance to work harder to keep temperatures low. Cleaning the gaskets periodically with a sponge and warm, soapy water can help increase efficiency by reducing temperature fluctuations inside the refrigerator. While cleaning the gaskets, make it a habit to inspect the rubber lining for any wear and tear that could be allowing cold air to leak to the exterior. Replace any damaged seals immediately and ensure the seal is airtight by placing a piece of paper half in and half out the door. If you can pull the paper out with ease, then the seals aren't working properly and need to be refitted. 

Wash the interior

Spills and stains inside your refrigerator can bring about mold and terrible odors. A weekly cleaning of the shelves and walls can help keep the appliance hygienic and fresh, preventing your edibles from absorbing odors. For effective cleaning, use warm, soapy water and scrub the interior with a sponge or cloth. You should then let the interior dry out completely by keeping the refrigerator door open before placing items back inside. To prevent odors in the future, make it a habit to place an open box of baking soda or refrigerator deodorizer at a low shelf to keep the interior smelling fresh. You should also keep leftovers in airtight containers to prevent odors and place defrosting meat on a plate to prevent leaking fluid from staining the shelves.

Vacuum the condenser coils 

These are the radiator-like coils that are usually located at the back of your refrigerator. These coils are responsible from dissipating heat out of the refrigerator, keeping temperatures cool and your food items fresh.

If covered in dust, the condenser coils will typically be unable to perform this task effectively, which is why you should vacuum them at least twice a year. For dirt that won't come off after vacuuming, scrub it off the coils using a bristle brush.

For more information, contact companies like Better Homes Appliance Service.