Looking After Your GE Refrigerator

Kitchen Knowledge: Looking After Your GE Refrigerator

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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When you purchase a new GE refrigerator for your kitchen, or even your workplace, you may want to try and keep it in as good condition as possible. This could allow it to work better for longer, and even help to keep your energy bills as low as possible. As a refrigerator ages, it may become less efficient, especially if there are ongoing issues that have been ignored. Therefore, once your new refrigerator arrives, you might want to start considering how to best care for it.

Conduct repairs in a timely manner

Should your refrigerator stop working correctly, or you notice a section is damaged, time could be of the essence. The longer it is left in poor condition, the more likely it may be that other problems arise, or even that it stops working altogether. When conducting repairs, you may first need to figure out what has gone wrong. Should it be a large or electrical fault, you may be better off hiring a dedicated repairman to deal with the issue. When it comes to smaller problems, such as a missing screw or broken shelf, you could instead purchase genuine GE refrigerator parts and deal with the repair yourself, ensuring that the refrigerator is switched off first in some cases.

Consider the placement

Choosing where to put a refrigerator can be the first step towards its care. For smaller appliances, you may be able to measure any existing gaps below your counter to see if you could fit an under-counter refrigerator in there. This can be a good way of saving space, provided there is the room to do so. While some gaps may seem big enough, they may not allow for sufficient ventilation room at the sides or back. This is worth keeping in mind to prevent any overheating. Regardless of whether you use an under-counter or tall refrigerator, you may want to check that there is clearance of at least 1 inch above, behind, and to either side of the appliance. 

Keep it clean

A dirty refrigerator might not only smell foul, but also be unable to keep your items at an optimum temperature. Regular wiping, both inside and outside, can really aid with this. You might also want to use some natural cleaning products, such as baking soda, to get rid of stains or smears. Your GE refrigerator might be able to hold a lot of food. Therefore, it is important that you consider rotating the items so that those with the shortest lifespan are kept at the front. Going through the refrigerator on a weekly basis to dispose of any unwanted or expired products can also help to prevent odors from occurring, as well as to stop mold from spreading between foods.

Your refrigerator might be essential within your home, so it can be important to look after it as much as possible. In doing so, you may be able to keep it in good condition for significantly longer, extending the time between purchase and replacement.

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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