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Energy-Saving Tips Refrigerator and Freezer

When you're going to buy a new refrigerator or freezer, look for the "Energy Star label".

Frost free refrigerator and freezer models with automatic defrost features (equipped with a defrost heater) consume more electricity than the manual-defrost models, (with manual defrost modes ice builds up onto to evaporator No. 4 and leads to manual defrost).
 
Location of your refrigerator is important. Do not operate your refrigerator in the presence of explosive fumes. Try not to locate it next to your range, a heating vent or where sunshine will strike it.
Your new refrigerator should be properly installed for efficient operation. If it has a coil-free back, allow 1.90 centimeters - 3/4" inch (in) at both sides and 2.54 centimeters (cm) - 1" at the top for ease of installation. If it has exposed coils, set it about 7.62 centimeters (cm) 3" inch (in) from rear cabinet surface to the wall. Allow 10.16 centimeters (cm) 4" inch (in) minimum clearance between top of refrigerator and any overhead cupboard and 2.54 centimeters (cm) 1" inch (in) minimum clearance on each side. Clearance around refrigerator is necessary for proper air circulation for better operation of the refrigerator.
 
If your refrigerator must stand beside a range, allow at least 12.7 centimeters (cm) - 5" inch (in) between the two appliances. Do not install or operate your refrigerator at room temperature of less than 13°C Celsius (55°F) Fahrenheit, as the refrigerator is designed to run at normal room temperature.
Don’t place your refrigerator or freezer in a garage or other unheated places, temperatures above or below these limits might not work properly.
Don't open doors more often than necessary (Refrigerator Maintenance).
Close the door as soon as possible, particularly in hot, humid weather.
Be sure the doors are closed tightly and sealing properly (refrigerator and freezer doors should seal tightly). Any door not properly sealed shut by the refrigerator or freezer causes loss of temperature and causes the motor to work more wasting energy. If you can move a dollar bill through the closed door, the seal is not tight enough. Call to "Certified Technician" Andy's Appliance & Refrigeration.
Before leaving the house or retiring for the night, check to be sure doors haven't been left ajar inadvertently.
 
Do not overfill your refrigerator with food. Overfilling can demand
excess power to keep everything cool - (especially fresh food).
Overfilling your fridge with food can also cause pressure on the door
and could lead to improper gasket silage, or even causing the door to
open completely which leads to defrost issues.
 
If you switch the controls to the coldest position for a quick chilling or freezing, be sure to turn them back to normal setting. Don't keep your refrigerator or freezer too cold.
Refrigerator side (fresh food compartment) (4.4°C to 0°C) Celsius (40°F to 32°F) Fahrenheit
Freezer side (-17.7°C to -23.3°C) Celsius (0°F to -10°F) Fahrenheit
Most separate freezers maintain a temperature from (-17.7°C to -28.8°C) Celsius (0°F to -20°F) Fahrenheit
To check refrigerator temperature, place a thermometer inside in the middle of the refrigerator.
To check the freezer temperature, place a thermometer inside in the middle between frozen packages.
 
Clean dust off the condenser No. 2 coils, (air cooled by natural air circulation (static condenser) and forced fan draft condenser). This easy cleaning operation should be done one a year. Make sure to unplug the refrigerator and clean the condenser coils, with a vacuum cleaner and help gentle brush away any dirt and dust with a long-handled brush. These can be reached from the front of your refrigerator towards the floor. There is usually a plastic that easily snaps off, you may even need to open the fridge door in order to remove the plastic.
 
To regulate temperatures in both the freezer and fridge when they are empty, you can keep a container full of water and make sure to place it in the centre. This will help store cold.
 

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