Whether it's for heating a frozen dinner, brewing coffee, or toasting a slice of bread, your kitchen is a hub for household appliances. Some of this equipment comes in handy more often than others, while a select few are in constant use. However, the more we use them, the more maintenance they will normally require. Every now and then, you may notice some subtle signs that your equipment needs a check-up to reclaim its tip-top shape. By taking some basic DIY measures on a regular basis, you can significantly prolong the life of your kitchen appliances.
Refrigerator and Freezer Cleanup
Every now and then, consider cleaning your fridge inside out. Keeping your fridge in good condition greatly reduces the risk of having to repair it later on. One of the most effective maintenance measures you can take that many homeowners don’t know is to brush the coils of your fridge. The most common issue you may ever have with your refrigerator actually has to do with a buildup of dirt and other substances in the coils. These are either located on the front or on the back of your fridge. In the latter case, simply pull the fridge forward in order to access them. However, if your fridge has a toe guard on the bottom front, the coils will be in the front. Make sure to unplug the refrigerator before carrying on.
To clean the coils, remove the guard and insert a coil brush all the way in, giving it a good scrub. Next, pull the brush out and vacuum it thoroughly. Vacuum the coils as well to get rid of any remaining debris. You may also have to clean the coil guard before reattaching it.
Another part of the fridge that needs your occasional attention is the gasket. This is the air-tight seal along the edges of the fridge door. You may notice some sticky stains on the gasket over time. Allowing these stains to build up would cause the gasket to glue itself to the frame, making it physically challenging to open the fridge. Moreover, pulling harder on the door may actually tear the gasket, resulting in an unpleasant repair bill. You can avoid this by simply cleaning the fridge gasket once in a while with warm water and hand soap. While you’re at it, consider cleaning the frame as well.