Protect Your Garage Refrigerator From Summer's Heat

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Refrigerators weren't meant to be used in extreme temperature conditions. In places with high heat, refrigerators can use 50% more energy than refrigerators in locations with moderate temperatures. While many homeowners keep an extra refrigerator in their garage, these conditions can cause mechanical problems and early decline of the appliance. These tips will help you lessen the burden on your garage refrigerator and protect it from summer's heat, so you can avoid necessary refrigerator repair.

Keep the Unit out of Sunshine

Store the refrigerator in a location where it will not be exposed to direct sunlight. If your refrigerator is in a location where it may be exposed, shade the refrigerator by putting up a curtain to block it from the sun's rays.

Clean Around the Refrigerator Regularly

Dust that builds up around the refrigerator will cling to the condenser coils, which will make cooling the refrigerator's interior a more difficult task. Keep the area around the refrigerator dust-free by mopping regularly. Periodically scoot the refrigerator away from the wall to clean the area behind and beneath the refrigerator.

Improve Ventilation Around the Fridge

Increase the airflow around the fridge by permanently pulling it an extra 2 or 3 inches away from the wall. If there are ceiling fans in your garage, keep them on full-time when it gets hot outside. If there are no ceiling fans in your garage, put a window fan in the window and turn it on at night to let in the cool air from the outside. 

Keep the Fridge Full

When you open your refrigerator, cold air rushes out and warm air rushes in. However, cold food inside the fridge will maintain its coldness even when the door opens and closes. Refrigerators that have more food and less air on the inside will spend less energy maintaining cold internal temperatures. You can make your refrigerator's job easier by stuffing the refrigerator with extra food. If you have no extra food to place inside the refrigerator, put gallons of cold water inside the unit. 

Clean the Condenser Coils

On newer models, the condenser coils will be located beneath the fridge. On older models, condenser coils will be located on the back of the fridge. Either way, use a soft-bristle vacuum attachment to vacuum the coils on a regular basis. This will make it easier for the refrigerator to release heat when it needs to and thus make the refrigerator's job easier. 

For more tips, call a professional like Master Tech Mechanical for a refrigerator tune-up. 

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