The refrigerator’s average lifespan is 14 years. The lifespan of compact refrigerators is even shorter, ranging from 4 to 12 years with an average lifespan of 8 years.
With a little more care and by following this list of simple precautions, you can make your refrigerator run more efficiently and significantly extend its life.
- Vacuum the condenser coils: The condenser coils collect dust, dirt, hair, and other stuff which can limit their ability. limit efficiency can cause damage. Every six months, gently vacuum the coils with a soft brush to keep them performing at their best. They are located below or behind the refrigerator (on top for built-in units).
- Keep door gaskets clean: Replace the rubber gasket on the refrigerator door. You will be surprised at how much cold comes out of the refrigerator when this seal is worn out. This joint becomes brittle over time, and its fit becomes less than perfect. This means that the compressor runs more violently than it should. Clean the gasket with a damp sponge or cloth and make sure any excess water does not have a chance to evaporate into the folds of the gasket.
- Change the water filter: If your refrigerator has a water filter, replace it every 6 months. Be careful of market filters as it can be difficult to determine whether your drinking water will remove contaminants and germs. Meanwhile, if you’re sure your water supply is safe and don’t want to spend money each year on a filter unnecessary, then you are wrong it is not okay to not use a filter. Some refrigerators require inserting a cartridge plug to keep the water flowing. (Must be attached to the refrigerator.)
- Monitor the temperature: A little trick to raise the temperature can save you a lot of money while your food stays cold enough. The optimum temperature for a refrigerator is around 38°F and 4°F for a freezer. You don’t have to go colder than that. This will save electricity and is good for your refrigerator too.
- Keep the heat away: Ovens, dishwashers, and other heat sources should be kept away from the Refrigerator, it overloads your refrigerator’s compressor, consuming more energy and reduces its life. Make sure the refrigerator is not exposed to direct sunlight and always choose a refrigerator with a reflective surface
- Minimize frost accumulation: Not all refrigerators have this problem, but if yours does, you may need to do a manual defrost from time to time. Frost buildup can be a drag on your refrigerator, causing it to run overtime to keep it cool.
- Fill the refrigerator properly: When adding things to the refrigerator, you must maintain a perfect balance. Adding too much will hinder your ability to effectively circulate cold air, and leaving it empty will make it difficult for the refrigerator to maintain a constant temperature. Always keep a distance of approximately 1 to 2 inches between items in the refrigerator or freezer, and do not stack all items so that the device circulates air in all compartments properly.