Reducing bills to efficient cleaning: 5 refrigerator FAQs answered for you

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Reducing bills to efficient cleaning: 5 refrigerator FAQs answered for you

Whether it’s ice cream cravings in the middle of the night or keeping your bacon and eggs fresh as ever, refrigerators can do it all. It naturally follows then, that they are one of the most integral parts of our household, and they frequently need some care from our end. If you have any questions around your refrigerator, worry not, here we answer some of the most asked queries.

Can I leave my refrigerator running all the time?

A refrigerator is meant to be kept running all the time. However, on the flipside, you may also think that keeping it on the whole time can be heavy on your pockets. It really depends on the type of refrigerator you have. Modern refrigerators are designed to be extremely energy efficient, which means that they can be left running all the time without running up large electricity bills. However, to ensure that is always the case, regular servicing and maintenance is imperative.

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How to clean my refrigerator

Cleaning a refrigerator really is easier than you may think. First off, you need to remove all the food inside. Next, take out take out all the shelves and drawers, and clean them with warm soapy water. The inside walls of the refrigerator can be wiped with a sponge or cloth. As for the outside surface, they can be cleaned with a soft cloth and a mild cleaner.

When does my refrigerator need servicing?

Regularly servicing your refrigerator, as with any appliance, is an integral part of keeping it in top working condition. It is recommended that you get the same done every two years. This ensures that its parts are proper working order and that any potential issues are addressed before they become bigger problems. There are a few telltale signs that your fridge needs servicing. These include less-than-ideal levels of cooling, strange noises, sudden increase in electricity bills, frost accumulation, and bad smell.

For cleaning and servicing your refrigerator, consider investing in an AMC plan like Croma’s ZipCare Annual Maintenance Contract (AMC) plan for refrigerators.

How to reduce my refrigerator bill

One of the easiest yet most effective ways to ensure your refrigerator doesn’t consume more power and run up a hefty electricity bill in the process, is to ensure that it is running efficiently. No, really. It’s that simple. Check your door seal to ensure it is tight and secure. Another way to ensure lower electricity consumption is to keep your refrigerator at the correct temperature. The ideal temperature for a refrigerator is around 4-5 degrees Celsius, while your freezer should be kept at no colder than -18 degrees Celsius. This prevents your refrigerator from having to work harder to keep the temperature consistent and reduces your electricity bill.

Can I use my refrigerator with a smart switch?

Yes, you can! The process is fairly easy and comprises of connecting your refrigerator to the switch using a power cable. Once connected, you can use this switch to control the temperature, turn the fridge on and off, and configure other settings as well.

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