Is Your Refrigerator Winter Ready?

Is your refrigerator ready for winter? This may seem like an odd question, refrigerators keep food cold and winter is freezing so what would you need to do to get your refrigerator ready for winter? Believe it or not, refrigerators get cold to. Refrigeration systems that are kept outdoors or in unheated areas such as garage or basement fridges can be offset by the cold weather and cause your refrigerator to maintain undesired temperatures. However, there is an easy fix a refrigerator garage kit!

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How To Keep Your Refrigerator Clean

Keeping a clean refrigerator is important to keeping fresh food and efficiency. Your fridge is one of your most used appliances and needs to be taken care of in order for it to last the approximate 13 years that it should. We have some tips to help you get started in caring for your unit:

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How to make sure your freezer is working to maximum efficiency

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You may notice that food in your freezer may not be as frozen as you’d like. The freezer/fridge is probably the most used appliance in your kitchen, and we have a few reasons as to why it may be warmer. Continue reading

What causes a leaking refrigerator?

If water is leaking from your refrigerator, or is found pooling inside your refrigerator – underneath or inside the vegetable crisper pans – it might be due to a number of parts or factors. A clogged or freezing defrost drain or a broken or cracked part like a water tube line or faulty water inlet valve or drain pan can cause water to leak from your refrigerator.

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Parts that could be causing your refrigerator to leak water

Clogged or Frozen Defrost Drain

A common reason for a leaky fridge is a clogged or frozen defrost drain. The location of the defrost drain can vary depending on your refrigerator’s model type. For top-freezer models, it is usually located in Continue reading

Why does my refrigerator no longer cool?

Why-does-my-refrigerator-no-longer-coolNothing can ruin a summer faster than a refrigerator that is no longer cooling. If your refrigerator feels warm or the temperature indicator lets you know that your refrigerator is warmer than it should be, here are a few thing to do in order to fix it yourself.

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Clean the condensor coils

Check the condensor coils on the bottom or back of your refrigerator. Depending on your refrigerator’s model, these coils could be located at the back of your refrigerator or underneath covered by a toe or kick plate. You may need to pull out your fridge and access it from behind to reach the coils.

These coils help cool and condense the refrigerant. Overtime, the coils can become coated with pet hair, dust and dirt which prevent them from releasing heat efficiently. Use a coil cleaning brush and vacuum to remove any buildup on your coils and see if it helps cool your refrigerator.

Sometimes there is a fan that helps blow air over the coils. Make sure it’s clean too and working properly.

Check for heavy frost build-up on the evaporator coils

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What to check when the refrigerator water dispenser is not working

refrigerator-water-dispenserA refrigerator water dispenser that is not dispensing any water or that is dispensing water slowly, might have an issue with a number of parts. However, the first and easiest thing you should check is the water filter.

Over time, refrigerator water filters gather impurities from the water that they filter, which can lead to a buildup of impurities inside the filter itself.  Changing your water filter could possibly fix the problem of a slow water filter dispenser or one that does not work at all.

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Spring Cleaning for Your Kitchen Appliances

Spring Cleaning For Your Kitchen AppliancesAppliances need cleaning too, and we’re not just talking about wiping up spills and splatters. Soap, dirt and debris from everyday use can accumulate inside and outside your appliance, making it work harder in order to perform and possibly costing your money. Lack of cleaning and maintenance can also lead to a possible early breakdown. Here’s what needs cleaning on your appliance.

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a Dishwasher Rack Repair Kit

Remove the racks from your dishwasher and check them over for chips and cracks in the vinyl coating. Use a Dishwasher Rack Repair Kit to fix any tines on your dishwasher rack to prevent the metal underneath from rusting.

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Appliances can help you keep your New Year’s resolutions

Appliances-can-help-you-keep-your-New-Year-resolutionsTrying to save money? Lose weight? Your appliances can help you keep your New Year’s resolutions.

Organize your refrigerator to save money and lose weight

Save money and lose weight by better organizing your refrigerator.  American families throw out between 14 and 25 percent of the food and beverages they buy, according to a statistic reported in the Washington Post. Make sure you use the food you buy before it expires by moving those items to the front of the fridge where you will be reminded to use them.

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Why does my ice maker keep freezing up?

Whirlpool ice maker fill tube assembly used on some Whirlpool/Kenmore brands refrigerators. Includes fill tube and compression nuts

Whirlpool ice maker fill tube assembly used on some Whirlpool/Kenmore brands refrigerators. Includes fill tube and compression nuts

A refrigerator ice maker that freezes up can be caused by a frozen ice maker fill tube, faulty water inlet valve, too low freezer temperature setting, or a water filter that needs replacing.

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First, locate the water supply to your ice maker and turn off the water supply via the shut off valve. You may want to have a bucket and towels on hand for any extra remaining water in the water supply line.

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Keep your garage refrigerator working all winter long with a garage refrigerator heater kit

Garage Refrigerator Heater KitWhen winter hits and the temperature drops, make sure the refrigerator in your garage keeps working by installing a Garage Refrigerator Heater Kit.

Your refrigerator only creates cold air when it needs to maintain a consistent temperature inside your refrigerator.  During the winter, when outside temperatures drop below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, your refrigerator senses this and stops producing the cold air that keeps your items cool and your freezer items frozen.

A garage refrigerator heater kit provides enough heat to trick the thermostat into running the compressor. More cold air is then produced keeping items in your freezer frozen and your food safe.

Made by Electrolux, this kit can be used in many top-mount (meaning freezer on top) refrigerator models made by Frigidaire and Kenmore. Installation instructions are included along with the part.

Purchase a Garage Refrigerator Kit at www.pcappliancerepair.com before temperatures drop.