Tips for Restarting an Inactive Refrigerator

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How to Use a Refrigerator That Has Not Been Used for a Long Time

When a refrigerator is not used for an extended period of time, it can develop bacteria, mold, and a bad smell. It can also cause food to spoil and affect the circulation of the refrigerant inside. However, with the right care, a refrigerator that has not been used for a long time can still be used effectively.

A refrigerator that has not been used for a long time, can still be used if you know how to handle it

Steps to Use a Refrigerator That Does Not Have a Bad Smell

If the refrigerator does not have a bad smell after not being used for 5-7 days, follow these steps:

  • Clean the entire refrigerator with a damp cloth and cleaning solution, and let it air dry for about 15 minutes.
  • Plug in the refrigerator power cord.
  • Adjust the temperature to the maximum level and put a cup of water in the freezer compartment. Wait until the water freezes to ensure the refrigerator is back to normal operation.

The refrigerator does not have a bad smell

Steps to Use a Refrigerator That Has a Bad Smell

If the refrigerator has a bad smell after not being used for a long period of time, follow these steps:

  • Remove all remaining food from inside the refrigerator.
  • Clean the refrigerator thoroughly with a damp cloth and cleaning solution.
  • Wait for the refrigerator to completely dry, plug it in, and open the refrigerator door for 15-20 minutes every 1-2 hours to let the bad smell escape. Maintain this habit for 1-2 days to eliminate the bad smell.

The refrigerator has a bad smell

Notes When Not Using the Refrigerator

Here are some tips to consider when not using the refrigerator for a period of time:

Use the vacation mode to protect the refrigerator

Some refrigerators have a vacation mode that can be activated when the refrigerator is not used for a long period of time. This mode maintains the refrigerator at the lowest temperature to save energy and prevent food spoilage. Avoid keeping too much food in the refrigerator during this time to maintain taste and nutrients.

Use vacation mode to protect the refrigerator

Short-term storage

If not using the refrigerator for a short period of time (about 5-7 days), adjust the coldness to the lowest level. This helps maintain a stable temperature without consuming excessive electricity. Avoid putting too much food during this time.

Short-term storage refrigerator not in use

Long-term storage

If not using the refrigerator for a long period of time (1 month or more), follow these steps:

  • Turn off the power and clean the refrigerator.
  • Ensure the area where the refrigerator is placed is dry and use moisture absorbers to prevent water from entering the internal parts.

Plug in the refrigerator once every year if not used for more than 1 year to help the compressor operate normally.

Long-term storage refrigerator not in use

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