Refrigerator problems in hot weather

Hot air temperatures can have an adverse affect on refrigerators during the summer months. The increased air temperature means your refrigerator has to work a lot harder to keep your food cool and fresh. Here are a few simple things you can do to avoid problems.

Keep the refrigerator clean. Move it out from its kitchen cavity and clean, dust, vacuum cobwebs etc. from the grill areas at the back of the fridge.

Try not to open the door excessively or leave it open for too long. This allows hot air to enter the fridge affecting the temperature and making the refrigerator work harder to cool down.

Ensure the fridge has good ventilation. It should not be pushed up hard against the wall or in a tight kitchen cavity. Air needs to be able to circulate freely to disperse heat from the condenser.

Check the gaskets and fridge seals for any leaks. Over time these can perish and they may need to be replaced.

Don’t overload your fridge with room temperature items such as a too many cans of drink etc.

When storing food cover with cling wrap or in airtight containers to avoid moisture escaping into the fridge air space.

Modern refrigerators have auto defrost however it still pays to check your fridge for ice build up. We recommend a manual defrost at least once a year before the hot weather sets in. Turn the fridge off for a 24-hour period, clean well and turn back on.

For more information or to book a service call contact us on 0449 779 749.

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