Tip & How-To about Refrigerators

Refrigerator Efficiency

The efficiency of your refrigerator can be much better if you take the time to check out a few things before you buy or do a bit of maintenance on your refrigerator. The maintenance part I have covered in another tip, so I will just stick to the things that you can check when buying a new refrigerator in this tip.

Energy Star refrigerators will save you money. Look for a refrigerator rated with the energy star, when choosing a new model. Efficient refrigerators rated with the energy star are listed on the energy star website.

The style of the refrigerator will also make a difference in the refrigerator electric usage. A side-by-side refrigerator will use more energy then a top freezer model. The refrigerator electric usage is higher for those models with the two side-by side doors. If you look at the energy star list you can also see the energy kWh/year usage and see which models use the most electricity.

Some other things you can do so that your refrigerator work is less, includes checking the door seals, cleaning the condenser coils, checking the thermostat settings, and checking to see if you can turn off the door heaters if your refrigerator has them. Cracked or loose door seals will allow air to circulate outside the fridge, this uses more energy to keep the refrigerator cooling. Dirty condenser coils will cause the refrigerator compressor to work harder to cool the fridge. The door heaters also will make the refrigerator work harder to keep it cool inside. Adjusting the thermostats to 0- 5 degree F for the freezer and 36 -38 degrees F for the fridge side will keep your food fresh and still save energy.

Efficient refrigerators are great but they still need to be taken good care of by cleaning and servicing them regularly. Refrigerator electric is one of the biggest electric usages in most homes. Take some time to check over your refrigerator to help save some money on your electric bill.










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I have an LG French door refrigerator Model LFX28978 ST/00. I noticed that there is ice in the ice tray but it is not dumping it.I turned it off and on and it moves freely, but does not dump the ice.

Sorry to tell you that LG makes the worst refrigerators of all time. The control panels have CONSTANT problems. I suggest you buy a home warranty that covers refrigerators.I had the big 31 CF Kenmore (made by LG). Sears came out THIRTEEN times trying fix it. They replaced the coils twice, the control panel twice and the refrigerant-line fluid filter 3 times. Finally they gave me $1000 to throw it away.
AS A WARNING TO SHOPPERS!!!!!!! You should stay away from high efficiency refrigerators!! They gain that efficiency by reducing the cooling capacity. The walls of heat exchanges are much thinner, leading to leaks. Ask any fridge repairman. All this leads to breakdowns after only a few years of service, because they are so fragile..

May 15, 2017 | LG Refrigerators

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Is the Kenmore French door refrigerator 70413 a good reliable refrigerator?

best advice -- there are other makes on the market so shop around and read reviews
don't buy it just because you like the name especially when you are aware of problems in the make and model

Apr 07, 2015 | Kenmore Refrigerators

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