The best refrigerator maintenance tip we can give you is to defrost your fridge regularly. Frost reduces the refrigerating capacity and life of your fridge. Plus, you’ll have more space once it’s done!
How regularly should you defrost your RV fridge? A good guide is to look at the frost build up on the condenser of the refrigerator. Aim to defrost as soon as the frost layer is about 3mm thick. Remember, just because the manufacturer says the fridge has “auto defrost” doesn’t mean they’re frost-free. You should still take the time to defrost it if needed.
The cleaner you keep your fridge, the longer it will last (and the less chance of food poisoning!). A good time to clean your refrigerator is immediately after defrosting. Simply use a soft cloth and mild detergent (avoid soap and aggressive detergents). You can also use a brush or soft cloth to remove any dust from the condenser – we recommend you do this once a year. Also, clean the door seals, as these can become dirty over time. While you’re there, check them for damage. Checking the manual specific to your fridge model is extremely helpful in knowing what cleaning products are suitable for your model!
If the door is not closed properly, you’ll start to notice a build-up of frost inside the fridge, which will soon affect performance. There’s a simple way to check whether the door closes properly: simply put a piece of paper between the door and the fridge, then close the door. Pull at the piece of paper and if you feel resistance, the refrigerator door closes properly. If you feel no resistance, you need to check the door closing mechanism. Domestic also recommend using a torch to test the door locking mechanism.
A fridge cover adds an extra layer of protection to help stop damage, such as scratches. It also stops dust and dirt getting into the compressor. Plus, fridge covers help with insulation help the fridge stay cool (and stop it from working too hard). Some portable camping fridges come with fridge covers, but if not, it’s a worthwhile investment.
Between trips, you might not use the fridge for months at a time. If that’s the case, we recommend running your fridge for at least a day each month so all the components can remain oiled and lubricated.