KitchenAid Refrigerator Maintenance Checklist

A refrigerator is one of the most essential appliances in your kitchen, and it needs regular care and attention to keep it running smoothly and efficiently. A well-maintained refrigerator can last longer, save energy, and prevent food spoilage. In this blog post, we will provide a simple checklist that KitchenAid refrigerator owners can use to keep up with regular maintenance tasks. This could include things like cleaning the refrigerator, cleaning coils, checking the door gaskets, and replacing the water filter.

Cleaning the Refrigerator

KitchenAid Refrigerator Maintenance Checklist

Cleaning the refrigerator is not only important for hygiene and appearance, but also for performance and safety. A dirty refrigerator can harbor bacteria, mold, and odors that can affect the quality and freshness of your food. It can also reduce the cooling efficiency and increase the risk of fire or electrical shock. Here are some steps to follow to clean your refrigerator:

  • Unplug the refrigerator or turn off the power supply before cleaning.
  • Remove all the food items and store them in a cooler or another refrigerator.
  • Remove all the shelves, drawers, and bins and wash them with warm, soapy water. Rinse and dry them thoroughly before putting them back.
  • Spray the interior of the refrigerator with a non-abrasive, degreasing cleaner to help kill mold, mildew and germs.
  • Wipe the interior walls, ceiling, floor, and door with a soft cloth or sponge. Pay special attention to the corners, crevices, and vents where dirt and dust can accumulate.
  • Clean the exterior of the refrigerator with a damp cloth and a mild detergent. Avoid using abrasive or harsh cleaners that can damage the finish or the seals.
  • Dry the exterior with a soft cloth and polish it with a stainless steel cleaner if your refrigerator has a stainless steel surface.
  • Plug the refrigerator back in or turn on the power supply and adjust the temperature settings to the recommended levels.

Cleaning the Coils

The coils are the part of the refrigerator that transfer heat from the inside to the outside. They are usually located at the back or the bottom of the refrigerator. Over time, the coils can get dirty and dusty, which can reduce their efficiency and cause the refrigerator to work harder and use more energy. To clean the coils, follow these steps:

  • Unplug the refrigerator or turn off the power supply before cleaning.
  • Locate the coils and remove any cover or panel that may be blocking them.
  • Use a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment to gently remove the dust and dirt from the coils. Be careful not to damage or bend the coils or the wires.
  • Use a soft brush or a cloth to wipe away any remaining dust or debris.
  • Replace the cover or panel and plug the refrigerator back in or turn on the power supply.

Checking the Door Gaskets

The door gaskets are the rubber seals that prevent cold air from escaping and warm air from entering the refrigerator. They also help to keep the door closed tightly and securely. If the door gaskets are worn, torn, or loose, they can cause the refrigerator to lose cooling efficiency and increase energy consumption. To check the door gaskets, follow these steps:

  • Open the refrigerator door and inspect the gaskets for any cracks, holes, or signs of wear and tear.
  • Close the door and insert a dollar bill between the gasket and the refrigerator frame. Pull the bill out and see how much resistance you feel. If the bill slides out easily, the gasket is not sealing properly and needs to be replaced.
  • Repeat this test on different spots along the gasket and on both the refrigerator and freezer doors.
  • If the gaskets are in good condition, you can clean them with a mild soap and water solution and a soft cloth. Wipe them dry and apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly to keep them moist and flexible.

Replacing the Water Filter

The water filter is the part of the refrigerator that removes impurities and contaminants from the water that is used for the ice maker and the water dispenser. The water filter should be replaced every 6 months or when the indicator light on the refrigerator panel tells you to do so. Replacing the water filter can improve the taste and quality of the water and ice, and prevent clogging and damage to the water system. To replace the water filter, follow these steps:

  • Locate the water filter, which is usually inside the refrigerator, near the top or the bottom, or behind the base grille.
  • Turn off the water supply to the refrigerator and release the water pressure by dispensing some water or ice.
  • Remove the old water filter by twisting it counterclockwise and pulling it out. Some models may have a button or a latch that you need to press or release to remove the filter.
  • Insert the new water filter by aligning it with the filter housing and pushing it in until it locks. Twist it clockwise to secure it. Some models may have a cap that you need to transfer from the old filter to the new one.
  • Turn on the water supply and flush the water system by dispensing 2-3 gallons of water or 2-3 batches of ice. This will remove any air bubbles and debris from the filter and the water lines.
  • Reset the filter indicator light by pressing and holding the button on the refrigerator panel for 3 seconds.