Avoid a fridge freezer breakdown this summer

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May 16, 2023
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Keep your fridge cool this summer

As the summer months approach, it's crucial for UK homeowners and landlords to keep their fridge freezers running smoothly. A breakdown can not only lead to spoiled food but also cause inconvenience and costly repairs. At BIG Warranties, our goal is to help you maintain your appliances and avoid unnecessary breakdowns. We're here to provide you with essential tips to prevent common faults and ensure efficient operation of your fridge freezer during the summer, helping you save on energy costs and keep your appliance in optimal condition.

Clean and check the condenser coils:

The condenser coils of your fridge freezer play a crucial role in dissipating heat. Over time, dust and debris can accumulate on these coils, hindering their efficiency. To clean the condenser coils, follow these steps:

a. Locate the condenser coils: In most fridge freezers, the condenser coils are located either at the back of the appliance or underneath it. Consult your appliance's manual or manufacturer's website for specific instructions if you're unsure about the location.

b. Before starting the cleaning process, ensure your fridge freezer is unplugged or switched off at the power source. This is essential for your safety and to prevent any electrical damage.

c. Remove visible debris: Use a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment or a soft brush to gently remove visible dust, dirt, and debris from the coils. Be careful not to apply too much pressure or damage the coils in the process.

d. Finer cleaning: For a deeper clean, you can use a coil cleaning brush or a long, thin cleaning brush to access tight spaces and remove stubborn dirt. Be thorough but gentle to avoid any damage.

e. Clean the surrounding area: While cleaning the coils, take the opportunity to clear any dust or debris around the area as well. This will further improve airflow and cooling efficiency.

f. Reconnect and test: After cleaning, ensure that the condenser coils are dry and free from moisture. Reconnect the power and plug in your fridge freezer, and monitor its performance to ensure everything is functioning properly.

Remember, if you're uncertain about any steps or have concerns about cleaning the condenser coils, it's advisable to consult a professional or contact the manufacturer for guidance.

Keep the interior organized:

Proper organization of the fridge and freezer compartments is essential for efficient cooling and airflow. Avoid overloading the appliance, as overcrowding can obstruct air circulation, leading to uneven cooling and increased energy consumption. Keep an organized system, allowing air to flow freely around the food items, and check the seals to ensure they are tight and in good condition.

Maintain optimal temperature settings:

Setting the correct temperature is vital for both food safety and energy efficiency. During the summer, the ambient temperature tends to be warmer, so adjust the temperature settings accordingly. The recommended temperature range for a fridge is between 3 to 5 degrees Celsius (37 to 41 degrees Fahrenheit), while the freezer should be set at -18 degrees Celsius (0 degrees Fahrenheit).

Allow space for air circulation:

Ensure that your fridge freezer has ample space around it for proper air circulation. Avoid placing it directly against walls or cabinets, as this can impede airflow and lead to overheating. Allow a gap of a few inches on all sides to enable the appliance to expel heat effectively, ensuring optimal cooling performance.

Check and replace seals if needed:

The door seals, also known as gaskets, are crucial for maintaining proper insulation and preventing cool air from escaping. Inspect the seals regularly for any signs of wear, damage, or gaps. If you notice any issues, replace the seals promptly to maintain energy efficiency and temperature consistency

Defrost regularly:

If your fridge freezer is not frost-free, regular defrosting is necessary to prevent excessive ice build-up, which can affect cooling efficiency. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for defrosting and remove any accumulated ice when it reaches around 0.5 cm (1/4 inch) thickness. Remember to transfer your perishable items to a temporary storage location during the defrosting process.

Invest in appliance insurance:

Protecting your fridge freezer with a comprehensive appliance insurance policy, such as the ones offered by BIG Warranties, can provide you with peace of mind. These policies cover repairs and replacements due to mechanical or electrical breakdowns, ensuring that you're not faced with unexpected expenses or extended periods without a functioning appliance.

By following these essential tips, you can avoid breakdowns, keep your fridge freezer running efficiently, and lower your energy costs during the summer months. Regular maintenance, proper temperature settings, and organized storage will help extend the lifespan of your appliance and prevent common faults. Remember, investing in appliance insurance from BIG Warranties can provide additional protection and financial security. Keep your fridge freezer in tip-top shape, and enjoy the benefits of reliable and efficient cooling all summer long.

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