Prevent breakdowns, save money and energy with these tips

Your refrigerator, one of the few appliances operating 24/7, typically uses more energy than any other kitchen appliance over the course of a year.

Whether you have a combination fridge-freezer or a stand-alone freezer, here are a few simple tips to keep it running efficiently:

Minimize the entry of heat
Woman looking in freezer
Why? Too much heat entering the unit will overwork the motor and shorten the life of your appliance.

  • Minimize the amount of time your freezer door is kept open.
  • Check to make sure that the door closes properly each time you use it. Check the door seal (gasket) for wear and tear. A worn gasket requires the freezer to use more energy to do its work.

Keep it clean – inside and out
Woman Cleaning Refrigerator With Rag

Why? Dust and dirt buildup will make the appliance work harder

  • Clean the interior surfaces with white vinegar and wipe dry to remove mould and mildew.
  • Clean and dust off the heat rejection coils at the back or bottom of the freezer to improve cooling capability and reduce operating costs. Locate the freezer where air can flow around the coils.

Don’t overstock or understock your freezer

Frozen Vegetables
Why? It puts a strain on the compressor. When there is too much food, air can’t circulate properly to create a consistent temperature. When there’s not enough food, too much cold air will escape when the door is opened.

  • Keep the freezer at least 50 percent full of frozen foods to minimize starting and stopping of the motor and increase energy efficiency.

Avoid placing your freezer in extreme ambient temperatures
Luxurious kitchen

Why? If it’s too cold (below zero) in the area in which your freezer is located, you may need to supply heat in order to allow for proper oil lubrication. If it’s too warm, your freezer may not reach adequate temperatures.

  • Most manufacturers recommend an ambient temperature of between 0 and 43 degrees Celsius.

Try to locate your freezer away from other appliances that produce heat, such as the dishwasher or stove.

Additional tips to help save energy
Deep Freezer (isolated with clipping path over white background)

  • Chest freezers are more energy efficient than upright freezers, and can save you money in the long run.
  • A manual defrost model may use up to 50 percent less energy than an automatic defrost model.


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© The Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company of Canada. All rights reserved. This article is for informational purposes only. All recommendations are general guidelines and are not intended to be exhaustive or complete, nor are they designed to replace information or instructions from the manufacturer of your equipment. Contact your equipment service representative or manufacturer with specific questions. Under no circumstances shall BI&I or any party involved in creating or delivering this article be liable for any loss or damage that results from the use of the information or images contained in or linked to in this article.

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