Despite technological advances, the refrigerator is still among the most "power hungry" in terms of electricity in the house. At the same time, modern models need about 20% of the energy that their counterparts "ate" many years ago. But even this figure can be reduced with a few simple rules.
Check your refrigerator seals and gaskets. They wear out over time, which greatly increases heat gain and decreases efficiency. When closing the refrigerator door, clamp it against a banknote. If it does not hold firmly, then the seal is already not doing its job well.
Check the temperature inside the refrigerator and freezer with an accurate thermometer.
If the reading is outside this range, adjust the thermostat. Keeping the temperature just a few degrees below the recommended level increases the refrigerator's energy consumption by 25%.
Pay attention to the place where your refrigerator is installed. If it is located in a sunny part of the kitchen or near a stove, it needs more energy to maintain the correct temperature.
Also, make sure that air can circulate freely around the condenser coil. If the air flow is blocked, its energy efficiency will decrease.
Defrost the refrigerator regularly. Freezing of ice forces the compressor to work longer to keep the temperature low, thus consuming excess energy.
Do not put hot food directly in the refrigerator, let it cool down to room temperature first.
Cover all food, especially liquid food, before how to put it in the refrigerator. Otherwise, moisture from them will evaporate in the refrigerator, which also increases energy consumption.
Try to keep the freezer full. This will work better than empty. If there is not enough food for this, freeze several plastic containers of water. And this, in turn, may come in handy in the event of a sudden power outage, ice will help keep food fresh longer.
The most appropriate step, in terms of energy saving, will be to buy a new refrigerator. If your model is more than 15 years old, then it may be so ineffective that a newly purchased refrigerator will pay off only by saving electricity. If you need help with affordable refrigerator repair, call us right now!