Refrigerators

Do you need a new fridge seal?

Your freezer or fridge seals could be costing you money in electricity consumption.  Running your freezer can account for 8% and the fridge can account for 16% of your energy bill.  Damaged seals not only reduce the life of your food but also your freezer/fridge motor is constantly running.

  • High electricity bill.
  • Fridge building up ice.
  • Motor running longer than usual.
  • Water leaking from the bottom of the fridge.
  • Excessive moisture from the food compartment.
  • Vermin in the fridge compartment.

Other things to look for are:

  • Open the door or lid and look for cracks, mould and tears on all parts of the seal.
  • Inspect the hard to see places such as the bottom of the door.
  • Close the door and check the top and bottom and both sides of the door to ensure that the seal is adhearing to the cabinet of the fridge. 

To clean the seals on your fridge or freezer simply mix 2 cups of water with 2 tbs of Bicarb Soda and with a soft sponge wipe down the seals (and the rest of the fridge) making sure you get in those hard to reach places like under and on top of the door.  Rinse and dry with a clean towel. 

ACME Appliance & Refrigeration can supply quality replacement door seals for most all domestic refrigerators. Please note that the above symptoms can also be a sign for other mechanical problems as well.

Gettin rid of odours in the fridge

Can't get rid of that smell in the fridge?  Try using Bicarb Soda.  Bicarb is a sodium bicarbonate, a natural substance that maintains the pH balance.  Bicarb neutralizes both acids and bases, so it actually eliminates odours rather than just covering them up.

Place and open box into your refrigerator and freezer.  The bicarb absorbs any odours.  It's recommended to replace the box every three months and it may need replacing sooner if it begins to absorb too many odours.  Also date the box and this will help you to remember when it's time to replace the box.

Another place where odours can begin is in the vegetable crisper.  Sprinkle bicarb soda into the bottom of the crisper and cover with folded paper towel.  This should be replaced every three months as well.

If you have a tough odour that seems to be "imbeded" into the refrigerator walls, try washing the inside of the refrigerator with bicarb and water.  You may need to do this a few times if the odour is really tough.

If you need to place your refrigerator into storage, make sure the inside is clean and leave the doors ajar and also place a box of bicarb inside just in case.