5 ways to make your fridge last longer

Teljoy

Your fridge is probably the most important appliance in your home - It's the hub of your kitchen, you use it every day and it can make or break your mealtime experience. Plus, a fridge is a huge investment! So, shouldn't you be doing all you can to keep it in tip-top shape?

If you've just bought a new fridge you love or are looking to add some mileage onto your reliable old refrigerator, there are some things you can do to maximize your time together and make your fridge more effective than ever.

1. Clean the coils

The cooling coils are the beating heart that make your refrigerator work. They can usually be found either behind or underneath the unit, which are two places that collect dust and dirt. However, these coils are what keeps your fridge functioning effectively. If the buildup gets bad enough, the coils could even burn out altogether! Every few months, be sure to vacuum out the coils and remove any debris to reduce that extra strain on your fridge.

2. Keep the top clear

It can be tempting to use the top of your fridge as an extra storage for Tupperware or fruit baskets. Your fridge releases excess heat through the top of the unit (which is why the top is usually a little warmer to touch). Placing things on top traps the heat in, forcing the motor to work harder to maintain optimal temperatures inside the unit. Over a long period of time, this can do serious damage to your refrigerator and the food you keep in it, so play it safe and keep the top clear.

3. Keep it full

The best kept secret of the refrigerator world is that fridges actually work much better when they're full! It sounds counterintuitive, but it's true, as the items in your fridge get cold, they help keep the temperature of the whole unit down, letting the refrigerator itself relax a little and delegate some of the work. The more food you have in the fridge, the less strain on your refrigerator's motor, keeping your fridge in better shape for longer.

4. Keep it well maintained

Investing in a maintenance plan is important, you need your appliances and they are expensive to repair if something goes wrong. You can cover up to 5 items in your home for only R99pm on an Easyfix Maintenance Plan. This affordable and convenient plan will save you costs of unexpected appliance and electronics repairs. The Easyfix Maintenance Plan will cover call out fees and spares (up to a specified amount). All repairs will be done by a Teljoy accredited agent giving you the peace-of-mind you need in emergencies. 

5. Clean and defrost it regularly

The best thing you can do to keep your fridge working its best is regular maintenance clean up. Cleaning out loose debris, giving the shelves a good soak and scrub, and defrosting your freezer on a regular schedule will do wonders for keeping your fridge in good shape.

But if you've tried all these tips and you're still seeing your fridge's efficiency go downhill, it might be time to invest in a new one.