Many people have questions about their refrigerators, and sometimes it can be annoying to do a Google search on each topic. So we simply gathered all the questions that people tend to ask a lot, and for your convenience the answers are supplied here as well.
- How long can I use my fridge before I need to replace it? In general, it should last anywhere from 14 to 17 years. But you may want to invest in the more popular brands so you’re reasonably sure they’ll last for a while. “Cheap” brands may not last very long and they seem to malfunction quite often.
- If I’m buying a new refrigerator, what do I do with the old one? Go online and look for local services that offer to dispose of old refrigerators properly (and legally). You can’t just dump it in your nearby landfill, as there are safety and environmental issues in play. The law usually needs a properly licensed outfit to dispose of an old fridge, so when you hire a company to do this for you then you need to see a valid license.
- Is it okay to put the fridge and the freezer in the garage? That depends on how cold it gets where you live. It’s not really a recommended option if the temperature in your area goes below 50 degrees F (10 degrees C). When it gets that cold, the compressor oil will become thicker and that can lead to a compressor failure. In addition, if the temperature in the garage goes below 35 degrees F (1.6 degrees C), the refrigerator and freezer won’t be able to keep the food items frozen.
- What’s the ideal fridge thermostat setting? In general, it should be set anywhere from 36 to 40 degrees F. Set it to 38 degrees F and you should be okay. As for your freezer, set it within 0 to 5 degrees F. Now some refrigerators don’t have a thermostat—if that’s the case with yours, use a thermometer inside so you can make your temperature adjustments properly.
- How much space do I need between the back of the fridge and the wall? The answer depends on where the condenser coils are located. Some units have the coils underneath the fridge, and these you can push all the way to the wall. If the coils are behind the fridge, then you need to have at least an inch of space between the coils and the wall.
- How should I move the fridge when I need to clean the coils behind it? First, get a friend to help, as this may require a bit of effort especially if you have a large refrigerator. Then unload the food from the fridge. Most units have built-in rollers so you can move the fridge more easily, but if yours is an exception then you should use plastic floor guards to protect your floor.
Hopefully we’ve answered your questions. If you have more questions to ask, feel free to do so in the comment section.