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Refrigerator doors

Behind closed (refrigerator) doors: keep ‘em shut tight

Small steps make a big difference. Think about your refrigerators, for example. When was the last time you checked to see if the doors closed properly?

Poorly maintained doors on walk-in and reach-in refrigerators allow warm air to infiltrate refrigerated spaces all day long. Compressors have to work harder to remove the added heat load and maintain safe temperatures.

Follow these tips to ensure your refrigerators doors close properly:

  • Properly align door hinges on all types of refrigeration units.
  • Install or repair auto door-closers on walk-in units.
  • Replace worn or damaged door gaskets.

Door gaskets and auto door-closers play a key role in minimizing the amount of energy that your refrigeration units use. They're generally inexpensive to replace. You may even be able to find utility, government or third-party rebates to buy them, or third-party help to replace them.

These resources offer quick tips and good practices to consider for your refrigerators and freezers:

VIDEO: Maintain refrigerator doors

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