Maintenance Tips for Your Caravan- Camping Refrigerator
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When you're on the road or in the middle of the bushes, the last thing you want to worry about is your camper fridge breaking down. With these refrigerator maintenance tips that we will share with our article, we will aim to keep you happy without letting you experience annoying malfunctions that may happen to you.
As with any appliance, quick and regular maintenance can do wonders for keeping your refrigerator running at its best and preventing unwanted breakdowns. What's more, it helps extend the life of your refrigerator and, when the time comes, will add to your trailer's resale value.
1. Defrost Your Refrigerator Regularly
The best refrigerator maintenance tip we can give you is to defrost your refrigerator regularly. Frost reduces the cooling capacity and life of your refrigerator. Plus, there's no doubt you'll have more space once the thaw is over.
So how regularly should you defrost your refrigerator? A good guide is to look at the frost forming on the refrigerator condenser. You should defrost the ice sheet as soon as it reaches a thickness of about 3 mm. Remember, just because the manufacturer says the refrigerator has "automatic defrosting" does not mean that the refrigerator is not frozen. You should still take the time to defrost it if necessary.
How to defrost:
1. Remove all food, drink and containers
2. Turn off the electricity of the refrigerator
3. Leave the refrigerator door open
4. Place a few dry towels inside to absorb the melted water
5. Speed up defrosting by placing a few bags of hot water in the freezer compartment – do not use sharp objects to break the ice and never use a hair dryer!
6. After defrosting, use a cloth to dry the inside of the refrigerator and run it.
2. Keep It Clean
The cleaner you keep your refrigerator, the longer it will last (and the less chance of food poisoning). A good time to clean your refrigerator is right after defrosting. Use only a soft cloth and a mild cleaner (avoid soap and cleaners that can be harmful to health). You can also use a brush or soft cloth to remove dust from the capacitor. We recommend doing this once a year. Also, clean the door seals as they can get dirty over time. Also check for damage.
Checking the manual specific to your refrigerator model is extremely helpful to know which cleaning products are suitable for your model!
3. Check the Door Locking Mechanism
If the door is not closed properly, you will soon notice icing inside the refrigerator that will affect performance. There is a simple way to check if the door is properly closed: Put a piece of paper between the door and the refrigerator and close the door. Pull the paper and if you feel resistance, the refrigerator door will close properly. If you do not feel any resistance, you should have the door closing mechanism checked.
Manufacturers also recommend using a flashlight to test the door locking mechanism. For example, turn on the lantern light, place it inside the refrigerator and close the door. Then turn off your caravan lights and if you can see any light from the edges of your closet door, the door is not closed properly.
4. Use a Refrigerator Cover
A refrigerator door adds an extra layer of protection to help keep the cold from preventing damage such as scratches. It also prevents dust and dirt from entering the compressor. It also helps insulate refrigerator doors, helping keep the refrigerator cool (and keeping it from working too hard). Some portable camping refrigerators come with refrigerator covers, but if not, this is a useful detail.
5. Run Your Refrigerator for a Day
Between trips, you may not be using the refrigerator for months. If that's the case, manufacturers recommend running your refrigerator for at least one day each month to keep all components lubricated.
6. Get Regular Maintenance Checks
To have an annual safety and maintenance check of your refrigerator, apply to the Authorized Service Center.