“Why is my refrigerator always sucking up my money?” You may ask this question and not know what is going on with it. There are many things that may be going wrong with your refrigerator from a maintenance perspective. Here are also some things you can do to reduce the energy costs of your refrigerator on a regular basis.
What and how you store food in your refrigerator can really help with energy costs. Having more food to fill up your refrigerator actually helps to reduce energy costs because there is then less air space to cool down. Yet at the same time, you want to make sure you don’t overfill so you don’t cut off the ability for the air to circulate in the appliance. Also, make sure all of your food and beverages are covered or put into containers. Any sort of moisture that is being filtered through the air in the appliance will cause the compressor to work harder.
Regularly Maintain Your Refrigerator Properly
When everything in your refrigerator is properly maintained, there are many good benefits to your refrigerator energy costs. One large issue that arises is that the plastic or rubber gaskets around the edges of the inside of the door become faulty. Sometimes, there is a little room in between the gasket and the door where it becomes easy for outside air to leak in and cold air to get out. Make sure your gaskets aren’t in need of replacing. One way to test this is to close a dollar bill in the door and if it slides easily out, then your gaskets are leaking in air.
Otherwise, also check your condenser coils, compressor, and fans. Read our past blog about caring for your refrigerator for more information.
Make Sure the Temperature is Set Right
A large part of reducing refrigerator energy costs is to make sure that both the freezer and the fridge are set to the right temperatures. Refrigerators should maintain a temperature between 37 and 40 degrees fahrenheit and freezers should be at 5 degrees fahrenheit. If you also see some frost building up in your freezer, you may need to check the temperatures and make sure you clean it out. Frost buildup should be removed as it is a barrier to energy efficiency.
Keep the Refrigerator in a Cool Spot
Physical location of your refrigerator may not sound like it will help with the energy costs you inquire from it, but it does nonetheless. If your refrigerator is surrounded by cabinets or placed next on oven or dishwasher that you use on a regular basis, there are inconsistent amounts of heat surrounding your refrigerator that make it work harder to stay cool. This is why it is important to place your refrigerator somewhere physically that is the coolest spot in the kitchen, where it can run at constant temperatures
Reducing your refrigerators energy costs can be as easy as 1-2-3. If you need to talk to someone about it or think you might need help with repair or replacement, please contact us at Lake Country Home Services!