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Wine enthusiast? 5 tips on how to prolong your wine chiller lifespan

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Wine enthusiast ? 5 tips on how to prolong your wine chiller lifespan

By Fixwerks | April 7, 2017

1. Arrangement of bottles

You have just purchased your new wine chiller and cannot wait to load it up with your favourite merlot or chardonnay. Before you place anything inside, always read the instruction manual for the best way to arrange the bottles in your chiller. Placing boxes or other large items in the chiller are not recommended as they may block the thermostat or internal fans. This may lead to complications causing your wine chiller to break down.

2. Check door seals

Over time, door seals tend to harden causing a gap between the door and chiller. This allows hot air to enter the wine chiller causing the compressor to overwork. In extreme cases, ice starts to form due to condensation and ultimately, the compressor will fail leading to costly repairs.

Tip: Ensure door is closed tightly and check the door seals by shining a torchlight around the door and observing if any light passes through. If light passes through, contact a technician to replace or repair the gasket as soon as possible.

3. Placing chiller at right location

Wine chillers are designed as freestanding or built-in. A space that is inadequate for a wine chiller can shorten its lifespan. Before your purchase, consider an appropriate space for the wine chiller.

1) For freestanding chillers, ensure sufficient space of at least 50mm at all sides for adequate cooling of condenser coils. Insufficient cooling leads to compressor failure which is costly to repair.

2) For built-in chillers, ensure the recess is sufficient and according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Heat is expelled through vents at the bottom hence leave sufficient space and do not block these vents.

4. Maintenance

Like all refrigeration systems, a wine chiller works the same way as your air conditioner. Dust and debris can impede airflow to the condenser causing the chiller to have lower efficiency which in turn affects cooling.

Cleaning the internal and external fans every 6 months help prolong compressor life.

Using a hard brush, clear dust particles on the fan. Vacuum the compressor area to ensure it is free of any dirt or debris. Wipe down with a damp cloth.

5. Cleaning Internally

Wine chillers are normally set at temperatures between 8-14 degrees. Mould and microorganisms collect and multiply on the inner casings due to the damp and dark environment.

Once a year, remove all bottles and shelves to do a thorough cleaning of the inner cabinet using vinegar and water solution. Dry all items with a cloth before assembling back the shelves and bottles.

Wine chillers are expensive but with the correct maintenance and tips mentioned above their lifespan can be prolonged to last a good 10 years.

For professional maintenance as well as diagnostic for your wine chiller, contact Fixwerks to engage their service engineers.

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Choosing the right refrigerator: 5 questions to ask

Choosing the right refrigerator: 5 questions to ask

1. Space

Start by measuring your kitchen space as you don’t want more fridge than you have room for. Always leave at least 50mm gap at all sides for adequate cooling and air circulation. Leave enough allowance for the doors to swing open whether for single or french door design.

For built in fridges, follow the manufacturer’s recommendation for recess size as under sizing can pose problems in the long run.

2. Food Arrangement

Do you cook often or use the fridge for storing food for the next day? If it’s the former, look for fridges with larger freezer storage to store your week’s worth of groceries. For the latter, fridges with adequate levels of storage are more suitable. Always consider what items you will be storing before purchasing a fridge.

3. Budget

Fridge pricing can range from S$700 to S$4000 depending on functions and size. Once you have ascertained the points above, look for a fridge that is within budget as most manufacturer warranty covers parts for up to 3 years.

Common part failures such as electronic boards are expensive to replace once warranty expires so opt for extended warranty whenever possible.

4. Energy

Refrigeration efficiency is determined by how much power it consumes to reach a certain temperature. Two types of refrigerant are available in the market namely R600A and R134a. With regards to energy saving, R600A is 17-18% more efficient than R134a.

Do consider that your fridge compressor is not running 24/7 as it shuts down once the fridge is cool enough.

5. Maintenance

Maintenance for fridges are just as important as air conditioners. Dust and debris buildup can cause a drop in cooling efficiency. Do consider the following points before your purchase.

*R600A is more efficient however, it is a flammable gas which means future repairs can only be done at the workshop.
*R134a has a slightly lower cooling efficiency but is a non-flammable gas hence maintenance can be done without hassle.

According to appliance and plumbing experts My Plumber, the right unit for you will balance the right configuration, appropriate size, energy consumption, efficiency, and style.

Using this guide ensures you select the correct fridge before spending a substantial sum as they are more points to consider other than cooling. For professional maintenance as well as diagnostic for your refrigerator, contact Fixwerks to engage their service engineers.

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5 ways to maintain your Refrigerator

5 ways to maintain your Refrigerator

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The refrigerator is the most hardworking appliance in the house. It helps to keep our food cool and most importantly, it helps to prevent the growth of bacteria. We all know how important this appliance is but do you know that refrigerators do require some form of ‘servicing’ and maintenance as well?

Getting a reliable refrigerator repair service for your broken refigerator might be troublesome so why not prolong the lifespan of your refrigerator? Here are 5 ways that you can maintain your refrigerator to extend the lifespan.

1. Condenser coil needs to be cleaned regularly

The condenser coil will get dirty due to dust and this will affect the efficiency of the refrigerator cooling system. When the refrigerator cooling system is not efficient, the compressor will overwork and it will be a matter of time that the compressor breaks down.

Solution: Simply remove the refrigerator external vent cover which is usually found behind the refrigerator and vacuum all the dust found in the area. It would be advisable to switch off the refrigerator first.

2. Do not overload the refrigerator

The refrigerator needs to have proper air flow circulation internally for it to be efficient. If the refrigerator is overloaded, the items may block the cold air circulation and this may result in the refrigerator being not cold enough.

Solution: Spread out the amount of groceries being bought each time or purchase to a bigger capacity refrigerator if necessary.

3. Ensure proper ventilation around the refrigerator

The refrigerator needs to have proper ventilation around it so that the heat generated from the cooling system may be dissipated to the surroundings. When this does not happen, the refrigerator cooling system will be running inefficiently and this may lead to possible failure of equipment.

Solution: Plan properly before purchasing a refrigerator. Ensure there is sufficient space around the refrigerator for ventilation.

4. Ensure door seal is tight

The door of the refrigerator must always be closed tight to prevent hot air from entering the refrigerator. The door gasket is responsible for keeping the doors closed tightly. If the door seal is not tight, the refrigerator will end up running continuously and this will cause an increase in energy consumption.

Solution: Check whether the door seal is tight regularly. If the door seal is found to be loose, replace a new door seal from the supplier by providing the model number of the refrigerator. If the door seal is no longer in production, purchase a door strap instead to seal the door tightly.

5. Clean any spillage immediately

According to waste and junk professional Luke Hancock from Bin There Dump That rentals, if there is any spillage of raw meat juice or liquid content in the refrigerator, be sure to clean it immediately. This is to prevent any propagation of bacteria and foul odour.

Solution: Never place any liquid content into the refrigerator with no lid cover. Be careful when handling any container with liquid content in and out of the refrigerator.

We hope these tips will help maintain your refrigerator in good running condition. In the unfortunate event that the refrigerator breaks down and you require a reliable and experienced refrigerator repair service engineer, feel free to contact Fixwerks to get it repaired.

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