You may have noticed that your grocery bill has increased recently. It’s unfortunate, but it’s happening. You may be asking yourself, what does an appliance repair company have to do with me saving money on groceries, but maintaining and properly using your refrigerator and freezer could save you money on groceries. Let’s take a look at proper food storage in your refrigerator.
Low Humidity Drawer (window open) – It’s best to put fruit and vegetables that spoil quickly into this drawer. Mainly fruits and vegetables that are not overly sensitive to moisture loss and emit ethylene gas. The latter is what causes the changes in texture, softening and color. If the gas cannot escape, it will ripen your food quicker. Here are a few of the more common items that we would suggest keeping in this drawer: Apples, avocado, cantaloupe, kiwi, mango, papaya, peaches, pears, and plums.
High Humidity Drawer (window closed) – This drawer setting is more for your leafy greens. The moisture obtained from having the window closed, will keep these items crispy and fresh for a longer period of time. Vegetables that love this setting are: Broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, cucumber, green beans, herbs, kale, lettuce, okra, peppers, spinach, strawberries, summer squash, and swiss chard.
The last thing any of us would like to do right now, is have to replace a whole fridge full of groceries that we JUST purchased. Let’s discuss some troubleshooting and maintenance tips for your refrigerator to keep it up and running, avoiding costly replacement costs for your groceries:
- To ensure that your refrigerator is keeping a stable temperature, make sure that you’re not “shopping” for snacks or items for your next big meal. The longer the doors are open, the more warm air you’re adding to your refrigerator. Also, make sure that you do not block the air vents in your refrigerator.
- What happens if your refrigerator is too cold? Make sure that your settings are set correctly for the surrounding conditions. Make sure that you’re always referring to your Use and Care Guide provided by the manufacturer for proper settings for your refrigerator.
- If your refrigerator just flat out is not operating, make sure to double check that it hasn’t lost its power source. You may have also accidentally tripped your circuit breaker or blown a fuse.
- The season of “my refrigerator is not cooling” is upon us. Make sure that you have a backup plan if your main refrigerator decides to take a break from its regular duties. This will help avoid the costly expense of replacing all of your groceries.
If you’re experiencing issues with your refrigerator, it’s best to give a professional technician a call to look it over. They are trained specifically for this. Luckily, here at Guinco Service, we have several professionally trained technicians to come out, diagnose and repair your refrigerator. Shoot us a text at 817-242-4854 and we will be happy to help you with your service request.