8 Tips to Extend the Life of Your Refrigerator

Refrigerator troubleshooting tips

A fridge working at full capacity can save energy and help keep your food safe.

A refrigerator does more than keep food pleasantly cool. It helps prevent dangerous bacteria from developing on your food.

But if you don’t maintain your refrigerator, you could be putting your family at risk. In fact, one in six people get sick from foodborne diseases every year, in part because food isn’t stored at a safe temperature, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Below are eight refrigerator troubleshooting tips to help you properly maintain your fridge and ensure you’re keeping your family safe.


Avoid future refrigerator problems by performing regular maintenance, such as ensuring your fridge is at temperature below 40°F, cleaning spills up immediately after they occur and changing your water filters regularly. Try Sears’ water filter subscription program to automatically ship fresh filters so you’ll never forget.

And if it’s time for a repair, visit our refrigerator repair page.

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