Whether your refrigerator came with the house or you bought it brand new, it is one of the most important appliances in your home. Without it, you would not be able to keep your food fresh. However, your refrigerator can really run up your electricity bill if you are not careful. Here are five ways you can increase the efficiency of your refrigerator. 

Avoid Putting Warm Leftovers in the Refrigerator

You have probably put warm leftovers in the refrigerator countless times and not thought twice about it. However, placing warm food in your refrigerator will make it work a lot harder, decreasing its efficiency. It is just best to let your food cool for approximately 30 minutes before putting it in the refrigerator.

Clean the Cooling Coils

If you want to keep your refrigerator in good working order, it is very important to clean the cooling coils. If the cooling coils are dirty, they will have to work harder to remove heat from the refrigerator. Take the time to vacuum the cooling coils about once a month.

Put the Refrigerator Next to an Outside Wall

Another good way you can increase your refrigerator's efficiency is to put it next to an outside wall. It will be closer to the outside elements, so it will not have to work as hard to keep your food cool. 

Test the Door Seal

If your refrigerator's door seal is not working properly, the refrigerator will use more energy than it needs to. It is a wise idea to test the door seal every few months. Just place a piece of paper next to the closed refrigerator door and see if the paper moves at all. If it does, it is definitely time to replace the door seal. The good news is that replacing a door seal only costs a few bucks.

Covers Food With Plastic

Before you put food away in the refrigerator, cover it up with plastic. If you do not cover your food with anything, moisture will get out and your refrigerator will have to work harder to remove it. 

You use your refrigerator every day, so you should take proper care of it. If you follow these helpful tips, you can increase the efficiency of your refrigerator. However, if your refrigerator is still not operating efficiently, have a professional (like those at S & S Appliance Service) look at it. He can determine why your refrigerator is not running properly.