4 Tips to Keep Your Refrigerator Running Smoothly

Refrigerator Maintenance

You open the fridge to start prepping for your holiday dinner and the turkey is lukewarm. The fridge has gone out and everything inside has spoiled.

This is a nightmare that no homeowner wants to experience, so we’re here to help with four tips to keep your refrigerator running more efficiently to save you money and help prevent a breakdown.

  1. Wipe down the door gaskets.

Use warm water and just a touch of mild dish soap as this will to prevent damaging the gasket. If you’ve noticed condensation on the outside of your fridge, it may mean you have a leaky gasket. Check for cracks or worn spots as you’re cleaning.

  1. Vacuum your condenser coils.

Depending on your refrigerator model, the coils will be located either in the back or underneath the unit. Unplug the fridge as you’re vacuuming to be safe. If you have pets, you may notice buildup on the coils, especially if the coils are under the fridge. Too much hair and dirt buildup will prevent the condenser coils from cooling properly, causing your unit to work harder than it needs to.

  1. Check your temperature gauges and set them in the middle.

This one is easy. Check the temperature gauges inside your refrigerator and freezer to make sure they’re set correctly. Sometimes a warm fridge is caused by nothing more than a dial accidentally being hit. Gauges should be close to the middle to keep things at the proper temperature and prevent your fridge from working overtime.

  1. Check freezer vents to make sure they’re unobstructed.

It’s best to keep freezers only about three-quarters full to allow air to fully circulate. So if you’ve been cramming your freezer, you may want to make some room. If you spot crumbs or food ties inside any of the vents, get them out before they get sucked into the evaporator fan.


If you notice any of the following issues with your fridge, it might be time to call an appliance repair expert.

  • Won’t stay cold or takes a long time to cool down
  • Runs continuously
  • Not running at all (is it plugged in?)
  • Ice build-up in your freezer
  • Puddle underneath your refrigerator
  • Runs loudly or makes banging sounds
  • Condensation on the outside


If you notice anything worrisome as you’re maintaining your refrigerator, give us a call. Lee Company offers expert home appliance maintenance, troubleshooting, and appliance repair services. You can depend on us for on-time arrivals and on-the-spot repair quotes from highly trained, certified, friendly technicians. We’re here to help with all your major appliances including refrigerators, microwaves, dishwashers, ovens, freezers, dryers, and washing machines. Schedule your appointment today so you’re ready for the holidays!