Tip & How-To about Refrigerators

Top 10 Energy Saving Tips and Facts For Refrigerators

  1. Make sure that you are using a refrigerator that is appropriately sized for your needs. If your fridge is too small, you may be overworking it. If it's too large, then you're potentially wasting energy and home space.
  2. Refrigerators with ice makers and through the door water dispensers tend to use more energy. It may seem cool to have one of those models but in a broader perspective, it's not really a necessary feature.
  3. Frost free refrigerators and models with automatic defrosting features consume more electricity than the manual-defrost types. This is something you should consider when buying a new ref. If you think you'll be too busy to do manual defrosting once the ice builds up by more than 1/4 inch thick, then it may be more economical for you to get the models with the advanced features.
  4. Give your unit some room to breathe, place it at least 4 inches away from the wall so as not to overwork the motor. Moreover, move it away from sources of heat such as the stove or oven.
  5. Do a test on the refrigerator seals. Insert a piece of paper or a bill along the edge and close the fridge. Check if you can easily pull it out. Repeat in several places. Change or fix your refrigerator seals if the suction has become weak or the seal has been damaged.
  6. Avoid putting hot or warm food inside the ref. Let it cool first before putting them inside.
  7. Remove frozen food in the freezer and let it thaw inside the fridge. This helps in the cooling. Do this instead of just putting it outside on the kitchen counter or using the microwave.
  8. Open the fridge as infrequently and briefly as possible. Properly stock the items inside and try to have an inventory list stuck on the door so you won't waste so much time searching for what's inside.
  9. When the refrigerator is almost empty, put in a few bottles of water to help store the cold. Conversely, internal air circulation is important for the fridge so avoid overloading it with stuff.
  10. Lastly, if your fridge is old, say over 10 years already, do consider getting a new one. Refrigerators nowadays have energy efficiency features and better performing motors that helps you in saving electricity.

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I have a Magic Chef Mini Fridge model number MCBR465S that stopped cooling. I can hear it humming but don't know how to diagnose the problem. The seal on the door is a little bent up (not really bad) on one corner. Could it have cause the fridge to overwork itself? Any help would be great.


First fixed the seal make sure that any leaking out. And then go to the next step by checking to see if the compessor motor come on and stay running for af list 10 minute. check the temperature controls make sure they are at the set temperature.
If you go behind the fridg and take the motor temperature see is very hight you must unpluged the fridg you may have a bad motor.

Oct 24, 2010 | Magic Chef MCBR445S1 Stainless Steel...

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My fridge is freezing everything I have the control board replaced and it didn't fix it what is causing the fridge to freeze


an overworked motor is normally the problem.
could also be a faulty thermostat.or even a leaky door seal.try the cheapest solution first.....

Jun 18, 2010 | Frigidaire FRS26H5AS Side by Side...

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At least once a day water leaks from underneath my fridge. Can't seem to trace it back. The ice maker line and hook ups are ok. I think it may be coming from inside frige but not sure. any suggestions?


When the automatic defrost cycle runs, the refrigerator has to drain about a quart of water into the catch-pan beneath the fridge, where it evaporates.

Look for the drain tube at the bottom of the freezer and make sure it is not blocked. Remove the lower-front kick panel and, of this model has a drain pan, make sure it's installed and not knocked out of position.

Some units use a little plastic bucket instead of a catch-pan, and sometimes these are sized too small so that they overflow easily.

Some fridges have a 'humid/normal' switch which prevents condensation from forming on door seals.

Oct 23, 2009 | Hotpoint HSS25GFP Side by Side...

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fridge not cooling/frezer overworking


It is constantly running because the thermostat in your refrigerator registers a warm temperature that never reaches target. Your refrigerator's cooling is dependant on your freezer - obviously your evaporator fan is working since your freezer is cooling, however that cool air is, for some reason not reaching your fridge - Make sure the vents are not blocked or plugged with ice - If applicable also check the damper, maybe the flap is not opening at all, letting cool air in.
Also check door seals and make sure te light switches off by pressing the door contact button.

Sep 26, 2009 | Whirlpool ED2FHGX Side by Side...

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the coils in the freezer of my maytag refridge get iced up once a week. It shuts down my fridge. I use a hair dryer to defrost them and get the fridge working properly. What ccan I do to prevent this from happening?


Your freezer is under-charged of refrigerant. you need to have it refilled with refrigerant. Usually under charged compressor are overworked compressors and consume more.

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