The refrigerator is one of those home appliances that few homeowners think about. Most people expect their refrigerator to function without any need for maintenance or repairs. However, all refrigerators lose their energy efficiency over time. For help maximizing your refrigerator’s energy efficiency, consider the following tips.
Keep Your Refrigerator Full
Maintaining a well-stocked refrigerator is great for keeping your family well fed. It’s also great for helping your refrigerator operate efficiently. Cold items tend to keep each other cold, and storing plenty of items inside your refrigerator will help reduce the amount of pressure on your appliance’s cooling mechanism. If you don’t have enough food to fill your fridge, consider storing pitchers of cold water.
Clean the Condenser Coil
Your refrigerator’s condenser coil is responsible for supplying your fridge with fresh air. If the condenser gets too dirty, it can negatively affect your refrigerator’s efficiency . Removing dust and debris from the rear of your fridge can help you save money on energy. It’s also a good idea to pull your fridge one or two inches from the wall so your condenser can draw in more fresh air.
Keep the Door Closed
Your refrigerator should operate efficiently as long as the door remains closed. To save energy, think about what you want to get out of your fridge before opening the door. It’s also a good idea to check the seals occasionally to ensure that they’re keeping cool air in.
Purchase a New Refrigerator
If your refrigerator is more than 15 or 20 years, it’s probably time to get a new one. Refrigerators have come a long way in recent years, and today’s Energy Star qualified models are much more efficient than refrigerators made 20 years.
For help determining which refrigerator is best for your needs, come by Friedmans Appliance of Pleasant Hill. Our appliance store also serves residents of Walnut Creek and Concord. Call (925) 265-8402 or visit our website to learn all about our refrigerators, BBQs, and other appliances.