Refrigerators are an appliance that we cannot live without. They are also a long-term investment, so when choosing a fridge, you want to ensure that you choose the best nodal to fit your kitchen household’s needs. The two most popular fridge designs are top mount and bottom mount refrigerators. The difference with a top mount is that the freezer is on top of the fridge and with the bottom mount, the freezer is on the bottom and the fridge is on top.
While both kinds look similar, there are small differences between the two that can make a huge impact on the models and the price point. This blog will be focusing on top mount refrigerators and their benefits. Top Mount refrigerators are the ones that come to mind for most people when they are thinking about a classic kitchen fridge. There are many reasons why top mount refrigerators have withstood the test of time. One of them is energy efficiency.
The principle of convection is that hot air rises and cool air falls, which is the reason why top mount fridges are energy efficient. Because the freezer requires the most energy to keep cold, the coldest air naturally rises to the top of the appliance while the rest of the fridge can be kept cooler without consuming extra energy. Any electrical appliance requires a compressor for it to work and the fridge is no exception. Every compressor will generate a small amount of heat while operating. The fact that the freezer is the farthest away from this generator means that the generator does not have to work too hard to keep it as cold as it needs to be.
Both bottom and top mount refrigerator repair may cost roughly the same depending on the issue, model/make of fridge, the brand, and how old it is among other factors. Both types can cost around the same price in terms of repair costs or parts. Both kinds of fridges are popular for a reason; they are easy to use and family-friendly. It is still very important, however, to take good care of your fridge to avoid a potentially costly bottom or top mount refrigerator repair.
A lot of repairs can be avoided by simply cleaning your fridge regularly and thoroughly and being gentle with it. A common repair most often required on a fridge is replacing the ridge gaskets. The gaskets are what seal the refrigerator’s door. If they are kept clean, they will more than likely seal properly throughout the fridge’s lifetime. However, if they get sticky with foods and buildup, they will not. Sticky food buildup of foods such as jam, syrup, juice and soda pop may glue the gasket to the frame which means the door may require more force when trying to open the fridge. Eventually, the gaskets may tear and will need to be replaced. Not only will replacing the gaskets be a repair task, if the fridge is not sealed properly, it will also result in using more energy thereby putting more strain on its motor and on your electricity bill. When cleaning your fridge, clean the gaskets with warm water and a sponge. Always use mild detergents to clean them.
Refrigerator coils are another part that may need to be cleaned and one of the reasons why you may require refrigerator repairs and maintenance. If your fridge stops working, check the coils. With many fridge models, the coils are accessible and can be located by removing the front grille. Push a coil cleaning brush into the coils and pull it out of the fridge. Once removed, vacuum it clean. Repeat until the brush comes out clean. A refrigerator coil brush can be bought at home appliance stores and costs far less money than that of a top-mount refrigerator repair job.