Manual Defrost Refrigerator
On manual-defrost refrigerator/freezers, check for frost build up in the freezer. If frost has accumulated on the walls to a thickness of ½ an inch or more, remove all food, turn off the appliance and allow all the frost to melt. Then reset the thermostat and resume normal usage. Be sure not to use any utensils or tools to scrape off the frost, as it is very easy to puncture the evaporator and ruin the refrigerator.
Automatic Defrost Refrigerator
On self-defrosting refrigerator/freezers, clean the drain pan underneath the refrigerator that collects water (Some are not accessible. Don't worry if you can't find yours).
Clean the refrigerator cooling fan and the condenser coils. The coils are underneath the refrigerator. They are usually black and look like a series of small tubes and "fins" connecting the tubes. Order a refrigerator condenser brush to make the job easier.
Check the door seals to be sure they are sealing properly against the frame of the refrigerator/freezer. If they are torn, or don't seal properly, the refrigerator or freezer may not cool properly. This problem is worse when the weather is warmer and more humid. Clean the gaskets and frame with warm soapy water so they don't stick to the frame.
Inspect the back wall of the freezer for any frost build up. It's not normal to have any frost on the back wall or floor of a self-defrosting appliance. The presence of frost is normally an indication the self-defrosting system has a problem.
If you have a built-in ice/water filter, replace the filter approximately every six months.
If you don't have a water filter, and you find your ice tastes bad and/or smells funny, use a "taste and odor" water filter on the incoming water supply line. Try our universal replacement water filter.
If you don't have an icemaker, consider installing one now.
In preparation for the cooling season, clean the condenser coils on your window or through-the-wall air conditioner. Remove the entire cover of the air conditioner to gain access to the coils. Watch out for wasp or bees nests inside the unit. The coils can be cleaned by blowing compressed air at them or by using a soft bristle brush to wipe the dirt off. While you have the unit open, be sure to clean any dirt or lint build up in the bottom of the air conditioner, and oil the motor if it is equipped with oil ports on the sides.
Now's a good time to clean or replace the air conditioner filter. Depending on the air quality this may need to be done monthly throughout the cooling season. If you need to replace the filter, try our electrostatic filter cut-to-fit material. The filter will fit most air conditioners.
Get your dehumidifier ready for the cooling season. Check to see the humidistat is set correctly. If you set it too high (low humidity), the unit may run continuously, which is unnecessary. Try our hygrometer to determine the correct setting for your humidistat.
Clean your dehumidifier water container.
Replace your dehumidifier filter. We have several to choose from.
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