A Guide to HVAC Units for the Amateur

When our family first moved into our home five years ago, the central heating and air unit were brand new. We never considered that there would be a time when it would not be operating as we wanted it to. When the time to buy a new unit came, we found that the available options were more diverse than we thought. It was all too confusing. After researching the different options, I decided to create this blog. My hope is that others who are faced with this decision can find easy-to-understand information that can aid in quickly making an informed decision.

Doing Fall Cleaning? Don't Forget About Your Refrigerator

Construction & Contractors Blog

If you are doing some fall cleaning to help get your home ready for the holidays, you need to make sure you remember the refrigerator. If you are cooking any of the holiday meals, you will be putting it to extra work. For this reason, learn how to properly clean the refrigerator it so it can handle anything you throw at it.

Clean the Interior

Cleaning a refrigerator properly is not difficult, but it takes time. Remove all food and drinks from inside of it. Remove all shelves and doors that can be removed, and wash them with warm, soapy water.  Wipe down the interior walls and floor.

You can use a simply mixture of a few drops of dish washing liquid into about a gallon water. Put this into a spray bottle and use a sponge. If you want to use a cleaning product, consult with the manufacturer on what you can use.

Clean the Seals

The seals around our refrigerator door(s) should also be cleaned. If these seals are dirty, they cannot make a tight seal when the door(s) are closed. Mold and mildew can easily build up on these seals if they are not kept clean.

Put a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water into a spray bottle to clean the seals. Spray the solution and wipe the seals down with a cleaning rag. To keep the seals moisturized so they will not dry out, rub some petroleum jelly on them to keep them moist. If they are already dry and cracking, you should replace the seals.

Clean the Coils

There are coils underneath the refrigerator that can collect dust, pet hair, and other debris. A good time to clean them is during your spring cleaning and during fall cleaning. If the coils are left dirty, they will not be able to properly keep your refrigerator cool.

Before you get started, unplug the refrigerator either from the wall socket or at the circuit breaker. The coils will be covered up with a cover panel. On most refrigerator models, the cover panel lifts off. If you are not sure where this is located, refer to the user's guide for your refrigerator.

Start out by using a vacuum cleaner. Place the narrow, long nozzle with a brush attachment on the vacuum. Slide the nozzle between the refrigerator coils to remove all dust and debris from around them.

You need to be very careful as you do this or you could bend or dent the cooling fins. If you want to clean the coils even more, purchase a coil brush to clean them. You can find this at most hardware stores. Replace the door panel when you are finished.

If you notice any problems with your refrigerator, call an appliance repair contractor at a company like 5 Corners Appliance Company immediately. In some cases, repairing the problems early can save you a lot of money in extensive repairs.


26 September 2016