Maintenance Tips for Increasing Fridge Longevity

Posted by Jono

Most commercial fridges are built to last. You can keep them running even longer with a few very simple maintenance practices. Fridge longevity is essentially a question of saving energy. Keep your fridge energy efficient and it will run for longer.

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If you cause it to waste energy, however, it will overwork and wear out its components sooner. Keep reading the blog as we reveal the most important tips to keep in mind when you are looking for ways to keep your fridges running for longer.


1. Keep the Seals Clean & Replace Them as Needed

We can’t overstate the importance of the door seals on your fridge. Those gaskets seal in the cold and keep out the heat, keeping the fridge from having to overwork to keep itself cool. Non-functioning gaskets are an energy cost, which translates to a shortening of your fridge’s life. Clean the gaskets regularly with warm water and check them for tears and cracks. Try closing the door on a piece of paper. If the gasket holds the paper tightly against the fridge body, it’s still in good working order. If the paper slips around, it may be time to replace the seals.

2. Keep the Coils Clean

Because they’re at the back and bottom of the refrigerator, the coils tend to get ignored. It’s those coils, however, together with the refrigerant inside them, that keeps the fridge cold. Coils get covered with dust and dirt over extended periods and then stop functioning properly. This too leads to energy waste and compromises the longevity of the unit.

3. Keep the Fridge Level

Fridges on an uneven surface may tend to rock from side to side and not close properly. This puts a strain on the mechanism and causes it to wear out sooner. Most fridges come with adjustable feet, which you can tweak until they stand level – even on the most uneven ground.

4. Give Your Fridges Space

Some commercial – and even household – fridges are zero-clearance and front-vented ones. These are designed not to require much room around them. All other fridges, however, need space to operate. They can’t be pushed right up against the wall and shouldn’t have too many things placed on top of them. Failing to leave a gap between your fridge and surrounding walls and appliances could lead to breakdowns. Give them the space they need.

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