A refrigerator that doesn’t properly could be costing you 10% or more on your energy bill. Of course it will also raise the temperature of the air inside of your refrigerator which can increase the likelihood of food-borne illness. Unfortunately, most individuals and families continue using their refrigerator without ever checking to see how well the seal is holding up. A quick 1-minute test will reveal whether or not your seal needs repair, here’s how you do it.
The Dollar Bill Test
Have you heard of the dollar bill test? As the name suggests, this test involves placing a dollar bill between the seals of an open refrigerator and closing it. If you can still pull the dollar bill out, there’s a problem with your sealing that needs to be fixed. If the dollar bill is stuck and doesn’t budge when you pull on it, the sealing is working as it should and doesn’t require further maintenance.
What To Do If Your Refrigerator Isn’t Sealing
If your refrigerator fails the dollar bill test, you should first clean the sealing with a vinegar/water solution spray. Food particles or juices can get on the sealing and prevent it from working as it should. When this happens, air can escape through the sealing and your refrigerator will fail the dollar bill test. Simply make a solution of 4 parts water, 1 part vinegar and fill a spray bottle with it. Spray down the sealing inside of your refrigerator and thoroughly wipe it down with a towel. Wait about half an hour for it to dry and then try the dollar bill test again.
When all else fails, you may need to replace the entire sealing on your refrigerator. Don’t worry, though, it’s actually a lot easier than it sounds. Write down the model number of your refrigerator and take it to your local home improvement store. Ask one of the employees where refrigerator sealing is for your model. Be sure that it’s specifically made for your model, as some of them wont fit properly. Once you’ve purchases the right type, take it home and remove the old, damaged sealing which is usually held in place by screws. Follow the directions of the packaging to install your new refrigerator sealing and check to ensure it works after you’re done by giving the dollar bill test one last shot.
After you’ve installed new sealing on your refrigerator, try to keep it clean by wiping it down once a week. Doing so will ensure that no chemicals or liquids threaten to damage it.