Why You Should Clean Your Refrigerator Door Gaskets ASAP

Uh oh, we think we're overdue, too.

We know, we know, cleaning the refrigerator can be an ordeal. But doing so can help enhance the longevity of your fridge, and ensure that it runs as efficiently as possible.

One common, often overlooked area for cleaning that can wreak havoc on your refrigerator running smoothly? The door gaskets. Also known as refrigerator door seals, these are the pliable strips running around the outer edges of your refrigerator and freezer doors that keep your machine completely closed and keeps the cold air inside the machine. As The Kitchn explains in a recent article, it's important to make sure your refrigerator isn't leaking cold air by cleaning off your door gaskets regularly.

"It is a good idea to periodically clean and lubricate the refrigerator and freezer door gaskets," Chris Zeisler, technical service supervisor at Repair Clinic, an international appliance parts company, shares with the outlet. When your gaskets become excessively dirty, the muck on them can actually make your fridge have to put out more energy to keep everything at the right temperature. Zeisler recommends cleaning gaskets with hot soap and water, and using this time to look for any lacerations or folds in your gaskets, which can prevent these seals from doing their jobs. If you find any, you'll probably want to consider replacing the gasket. "A bad door gasket can allow warm air into the refrigerator, causing frost build-up as well as making the refrigerator less efficient," cautions Zeisler, who also advises that you complete your gasket cleaning session by slicking the elastic strips with a bit of petroleum jelly to keep them in tip-top shape for longer.

Another important area of your refrigerator to clean is the condenser coil, which can get covered in dust overtime and even lead to overheating your fridge.

Bottom line: Cleaning your refrigerator may not rank at the top of your list for Favorite Regular Household Chores, but it's important to give your fridge some TLC so you can keep it in excellent condition for years to come.

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