At Junk King, we pick up many refrigerators that appeared to have died young. Here is couple of tips to help you get more life out of your refrigerator. You need a vacuum cleaner or broom, some all-purpose cleaner, and a level.
Step 1: Clean the condenser coils.
The coils are either behind the refrigerator or underneath the refrigerator. If the coils are underneath, remove the grill at the bottom front of the fridge. If the coils are behind, pull the unit from the wall.
Dirty condenser coils put a strain on the motor, which costs more in energy and shortens the life of the fridge.
Use a vacuum or broom to remove dust build up from the coils every three months.
Step 2: Check and clean the gaskets.
A weak gasket seal lets warm air into your refrigerator. Take a piece of paper about the size of a dollar bill and shut the refrigerator door trapping the paper. If you can pull the paper out easily, the gasket seal is poor. You can replace gaskets for $25 to $100 depending on the size. See: http://www.wikihow.com/Replace-a-Refrigerator-Door-Seal
Clean gaskets last longer. Clean the gasket with an all-purpose cleaner, and wipe dry. Wipe the gaskets with vinegar to deter mildew.
Step 3: Check for level.
Use a carpenter’s level on top of your refrigerator to see if it is level. Adjust the feet by hand or with a wrench if necessary. If your refrigerator isn’t level the doors may not close on their own or may not seal tightly
Eventually, your refrigerator will give up the ghost, and Junk King will be ready to take your refrigerator and recycle it for you.