Refrigerator Maintenance Tips

Manual-defrost refrigerator/freezers

require very little maintenance. If you notice frost build-up of ½ inch or so in the freezer, remove the food from the refrigerator and freezer, turn off the thermostat or just unplug the unit. Once the frost has melted, wipe the inside of the refrigerator and freezer to clean up any food spills and dry the surface. Turn the unit back on, wait for it to reach its operating temperature, then restock it with food.

Self-defrosting refrigerator/freezers

Self-defrosting units do not need to be manually defrosted. Every 6 to 8 hours self-defrosting refrigerator/freezers will automatically heat up its cooling coils slightly and melts any frost accumulation on the coils. The resulting water drains into a shallow pan at the bottom of the refrigerator/freezer.

There's no need to empty the pan. The water in it will evaporate. But it may begin to smell bad over time. You may be able to remove it for periodic cleaning by detaching the lower grill and sliding the pan out the front of the refrigerator/freezer.

Note… When mold grows in the drain pan, it is sometimes considered to be a health concern. If your drain pan is removable, and if you're sensitive to mold, consider cleaning the drain pan periodically.

General Cleaning

  • Under your refrigerator/freezer is a set of coils and a cooling fan that you need to clean at least once a year. The coils may look like a grate or like a wide radiator. Unplug the refrigerator/freezer and use a Refrigerator Condenser Brush, and your vacuum cleaner to clean any lint, pet hair, and so on from the coils.
  • Keep the gasket or interior of the refrigerator/freezer clean to help extend the life of the appliance.
  • For odors in the refrigerator/freezer try baking soda or, for tougher odors, try Fridge Aid deodorizer.
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