Here are some very simple tips to help keep your refrigerator in good working order without having to call in a service technician.
1. Fixing a loose gasket (seal)
It is not unusual for your refrigerator to have some condensation on the outside of the appliance, but if you are seeing a lot of extra condensation you may have a loose gasket. Check the rubber gasket (seal) on your refrigerator and clear any obstructions. If this does not help you can moisten the gasket with a thin layer of Vaseline or a similar substance. It can also help to reorganize the fridge to be sure that nothing is blocking the doors from closing.
2. Clean the coils
On a newer refrigerator this should not be a problem as these models have self-cleaning condensers. If you are still using an old refrigerator without this feature you may want to consider an upgrade even if it is only for the energy savings, but I would recommend a model with a water and ice dispenser as this feature is very convenient and can save you a bundle on buying bottled water. If a new fridge is not an option you can remove the base grille and use a vacuum attachment to clean the area around the condenser.
3. Change the water filter
If you have an ice or water dispenser the odds are that you also have a water filter. The average water filter lasts around 6 months under optimal conditions (sometimes less depending on water quality and usage) and should be replaced when you notice a funny taste or smell to the water and/or ice coming from your refrigerator. Fortunately this is a very simple and inexpensive fix. Our water filter guide can help you find exactly the right replacement filter for your fridge and free shipping is available on many orders so you don’t even have to leave your home to get a new filter.