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How do you maintain your freezer to extend its life span?

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Proper freezer maintenance prolongs the working life of the compressor by keeping the condenser coils clean, replacing cracked gaskets and defrosting when necessary. Keeping the freezer full and placing it where it can have good air circulation also help keep it working longer.

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To clean the condenser coils, unplug the freezer, moving it away from the wall if necessary. Remove any protective covering and vacuum with a hand-held vacuum cleaner or a vacuum extension with a narrow end. Wipe away any dust or grime on the floor and wall behind where the freezer normally rests. Replace the cover, plug the freezer back in, and reposition it properly with a little space left between the wall and the freezer for air circulation. Clean the coils and the area behind the freezer at least once every three months or more often if you have pets in the home.

Inspect the rubber gasket on the freezer door regularly for cracks and damage. If it looks all right, shut the freezer door with a dollar bill in between the gasket and the body of the freezer, and see if it can be pulled out easily. If the dollar bill comes out easily or if the gasket is visibly damaged, replace it.

Defrost the freezer when ice is more than 1/2 inch thick on the interior walls. Unplug the freezer, remove its contents, and let it defrost on its own. If the unit is self-defrosting, check the drain hole and drain pan regularly, and remove any mineral deposits or gunk.

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