How to Clean Your Fridge and Freezer

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How to Clean a Refrigerator or Freezer

Cleaning your refrigerator or freezer.

Before use, clean the inside and outside of your new refrigerator or freezer with warm water and baking soda (1 tablespoon of soda to 1 qt. of water) or wash with mild soap or detergent and warm water. Adhesives used to hold parts in shipping can be rubbed off with warm water.
If your refrigerator or freezer is exposed to strong odors such as unwrapped foods it may be necessary to repeat the internal cleaning frequently. Keep walls, shelves and accessories clean. Wipe up spills before they become stubborn. Shelves, drawers and accessories can be taken out for cleaning at the sink. DO NOT USE boiling water, abrasive cleansers, steel wool or scouring pads. CAUTION: When cleaning in the vicinity of electrical parts (lamps, switches, controls, etc.) wring excess moisture out of sponge or cloth so that it will be barely damp to prevent any liquid from getting into any electrical part and causing a possible electric shock hazard. It is recommended that the unit be unplugged before cleaning. If unplugging the refrigerator for purposes of moving for cleaning wait 3 to 5 minutes before plugging in again so the refrigerator system will have a chance to stabilize. To clean and protect the outside finish, use liquid or wax polish suitable for use on appliances. NEVER use automotive wax, furniture polish, one-step cleaners, cleaning powders or alkaline soaps.
(NOTE: dishwashing liquids used for washing dishes by hand in the sink are non-alkaline and are safe).


- Read all instructions before using the refrigerator.
- Never allow children to operate, play with, or crawl inside the refrigerator. Never clean refrigerator parts with flammable fluids. - The fumes can create a fire hazard or explosion.
- Short Installation Guide.
- Install and level the refrigerator on a floor that will hold weight and in an area suitable for its size and use.
- Connect the refrigerator only to the proper kind of outlet, with the correct electrical supply and grounding. (Refer to the Electrical Requirements and Grounding Instructions Sheet).
- Use the refrigerator only for the uses described in this manual.
- Do not install the refrigerator near an oven, radiator or other heat source.
- Properly maintain the refrigerator.
- Keep the refrigerator out of the weather.
- Do not use the refrigerator in an area where the room temperature will fall below 13°C (55°F).
- Don’t place your refrigerator or freezer in a garage or other unheated place, temperatures above or below these limits might not work properly.

The condenser No. 2 - is exposed to all sorts of dust and dirt and must be cleaned occasionally. The Andy's Appliance & Refrigeration Service recommended cleaning before the hot weather sets in. Failure to clean the condenser results in increased head pressures which will eventually cause the compressor to fail and reduce the temperature of the cold.

Dirty Condenser Clean Condenser
Every compressor failure is caused by something. Make sure that the condenser is clean, that there was a charge in the system, and that the electrical plug has correct voltage. Voltage should be within 10% of nameplate rating, 120V, AC~ 60Hz Branch circuit of 15 A minimum, important safety electric appliances
(Power supply volt, symbol - V is the SI unit) Low voltage can result in a compressor failure. Do not use an extension cord.

- Be sure the refrigerator is not used by anyone unable to operate it properly.
- Do not load the refrigerator with food before it has time to get properly cold.
- Fridge side (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
- Refrigerator Buy-Back program now province-wide.
- With the launch of Refrigerator Buy-Back m the Lower Mainland, the program is now available throughout
Hydro’s service area. Under the program, Hydro currently offers customers $ ? and free pick-up of old, inefficient refrigerators that are still in operating condition. The offer is limited to a maximum of two refrigerators per customer. The fridges are then dismantled in an environmentally safe manner at ARCA-B.C.'s appliance recycling facility on Annacis Island.
To date, Hydro has bought back more than 28,000 refrigerators. Approximately 2,433 kilograms of CFCs (the coolant believed to be harmful to the ozone layer) have been recaptured and sold to DuPont to be recycled, and 3,220 tonnes of steel have been recycled.
- Getting rid of an inefficient, under-used fridge can save you up to $100 a year in operating costs. It's Power Smart, and plays an important and continuing role in meeting B.C.' s growing demand for electricity.

Cleaning Tips
Refrigerator, Dishwasher etc., Stainless Steel Polish with: DW-40 – also oil, stain removal.

The old geezer quiz:
- Which animal does not live in Antarctica?
a. whale       b. seal
c. penguin   d. polar bear

Answer is on news refrigerator maintenance (under news).

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