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When it comes to appliances, most people have a tendency to pay more attention to anything else when they shop: price. Unfortunately, finding cheap appliances doesn't always mean you will find good appliances. As an income property owner, I have purchased several different appliances over the years, and I can tell you first hand that not all brands are created equal. My blog is dedicated to helping you to find appliances that you will actually be able to use, abuse, and love for a long time. Check out my blog for information on what to look for, how to shop, and where to get great deals.

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Tips For Maintaining Your Refrigerator

by Melanie Hanson

Refrigerator maintenance is a key part of protecting your pantry. Here are some tips on how to keep your refrigerator fresh, working, and organized. 

Keep the Door Shut

A faulty seal is one of the worst things that can happen in terms of energy loss and food spoilage. You can check to make sure that the seal is working correctly by trying to stick a piece of paper in the seal. If it doesn't stay easily, then you may have a weak seal that needs to be replaced by a refrigeration repair technician. 

Even if you have a good seal, it might not be working at its top capacity. It's easy to mindlessly slam the door shut and assume that it's sealed correctly. One trick that you can do to be more mindful about the seal is to place a magnet on the strip between the door and the refrigerator so that it touches both parts. Whenever you need to get into the refrigerator. you'll have to move the magnet out of the way and put it back over the seal when you're done. This may not work every time, but it is one extra step that will get you in the habit of checking the refrigerator seal. 

Stay Organized

The fuller your refrigerator is, the harder it will have to work to keep everything cold. One of the best ways to reduce your energy consumption is to have a good system for reviewing and throwing out old food. 

You can buy colored dots at the supermarket, and then label everything with a dot that represents the week when it was added to the refrigerator. Each week, review any items that don't have the current week's colored dot to see if the food is old and needs to be thrown out. At the same time you can throw out or try to use up condiments and items that are almost gone, to free up space. 

Keep it Maintained

You don't want to wait until you have a serious problem to keep your refrigerator maintained. Check for signs that your refrigerator isn't working properly and have a refrigeration repair person on hand to fix them. Clues such as bad smells, rotting food, food with ice crystals on it, a freezer door that won't shut, and a broken refrigerator light are all signs that you should call in a refrigeration repair person right away.