Better go catch it!
Sorry, I just couldn't resist. On that note, here's part two of our Handyman Help mini series. (Catch part one about your dishwasher here.)
Save Your Refrigerator/Freezer Compressor!
Over time, dirt, lint, hair, and food can begin to build up behind your refrigerator. If nothing is done it can overwork your refrigerator, causing your compressor to go out (along with other problems).
To prevent this, vacuum the vents and around your fridge regularly (yearly or every 6 months if you have inside pets). Pull the fridge away from the wall and vacuum the cover over the bottom part of the fridge:
Remove the kick plate from the front of the fridge and vacuum there and underneath the fridge as well.
A Water Dispenser That Doesn't Dispense
If you have a water dispenser in your refrigerator and it stops working, replace the water filter before calling an appliance repairman. This is located down by the kick plate or in the refrigerator section usually. Check your user's manual to be sure.
Yuck... I hate cleaning around the fridge! But I hate paying for unnecessary repairs even more :) I guess I'll curb my gag reflex and make my husband vacuum around the fridge once a year... ;)
But let's come clean here... how often do you clean your fridge, inside and/or out? I only thoroughly clean ours quarterly... or when we move to a new place...
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