When we have just bought a new refrigerator, we expect it to last for a long time, and that’s why we tend to get reckless and ignore its maintenance. Like everything, it eventually wears out and its life cycle ends.
If you take care of it though, it not only lasts longer but you ensure optimal performance and great savings on electrical energy.
Therefore, we recommend you follow these few, but important tips:
1. Store food in covered containers or put them in wrapping like aluminum foil or plastic paper.
2. Don’t open it too often. When you open it the temperature changes and you make it work more than it should, so you only have to open it when you are going get something. Stop taking 100 sneak peeks per day.
3. Wait for the food to cool down properly after cooking it and before putting it in the refrigerator. The cooling process will cost less.
4. Avoid bad odors. If you’ve only used half of an onion you can pack the rest so that its smell will not contaminate the whole fridge.
5. There are foods that do not require refrigeration, so do not put them in the refrigerator. For example, garlic is far from being preserved if you put it in the fridge, it germinates.
6. Store in small portions. For example, if you are going to freeze something, it is better that it be packed in smaller portions instead of the full pot in which you’ve prepared the food. This makes it easier for you to manage food portions and the refrigerator cools faster.
7. Remember that even frozen things expire, so look closely at the dates and don’t forget to throw things that went bad in the meantime.
8. Once a food has been thawed it cannot be frozen again.
9. Keep in mind that liquids increase their volume when they are frozen, so you should not fill the containers that contain them to the brim.
10. Never freeze in glass containers because they could break. It is better to use plastic containers.
How to prepare a refrigerator for moving
1. First of all, take out the food and put it in a cooler.
2. Disconnect the refrigerator, clean it and dry it well.
3. Empty the water from the defrosting tray.
4. Clean and dry completely.
5. Remove all removable parts and drawers, and wrap them together so that it does not move.
6. Depending on the model of your refrigerator, you can lift the front part so that it rolls more easily or screw the leveling feet so that they do not scratch the floor.
7. Use duct tape to close the doors and to glue the power cord to the refrigerator.
8. Wrap the refrigerator with bubble wrap so it doesn’t get scratched.
9. When you arrive at your new home, remove the plastic, arrange it in its new place and place everything back.
10. Wait 4 to 6 hours before turning it on again.