It is pretty effortless to take everyday stuff for granted until we put them in perspective. Consider your refrigerator. Can you begin to imagine a life without them? Just thinking about it gives us a newfound respect for people who lived just fine without it.

 

If you go back in time to the hunter-gatherer era, the idea of preserving food wasn’t even an issue. Whatever food could be hunted or obtained was simply eaten. And no, this is not an excuse to eat everything you see. 

 

Humans had to explore developing ways of keeping food fresh as times evolved and foraging for food became less common. People began pickling, smoking, and curing foods about this time.

 

Environmental sources of chilling, like streams and caverns, were also quite effective. The air would be colder the further the cave was in the ground. Rivers might also help cool things faster by moving the flowing water around the object.

 

Other alternatives arose throughout time, such as digging holes in the earth, niches in wooden walls, and keeping it in colder places like cellars or wooden or clay vessels.

 

Today, a refrigerator is an utmost necessity for most of us, and you’ll be hard up trying to find a home right now that doesn’t have one. Now, you might be someone who needs help in buying or maintaining a refrigerator, and you’re looking for a resource that will tell you all about these trusted appliances.

 

Lucky for you, this blog is precisely what you’re looking for. Here is everything you need to know about refrigerators.

 

Where To Buy Refrigerators

 

So you’ve chosen to buy a refrigerator for yourself, either because your old one has retired or it’s your first time, and food is spoiling at the table.

 

It’s crucial to remember that when purchasing a significant item like a refrigerator, you should only buy from reputable retailers to avoid receiving a subpar machine. When you consider how a refrigerator impacts your food, and hence your health, buying from shady sellers is a significant risk.

 

Here are three of the country’s most reputable appliance stores.

 

1. Concepstore

 

Concepstore is, at its heart, a fully stocked online appliance store situated in the Philippines that is always ready to meet your home and electrical appliance needs. ConcepStore by Concepcion Industries delivers fresh and innovative items from well-known companies together in one place. Thanks to their local operations, you may anticipate your purchase to arrive within 24 hours after confirming your payment. Their guarantee is also rather extensive. You are entitled to a complete and free replacement within one year if your product breaks or is deemed to be faulty. All Concepstore products are genuine manufacturers’ products that have passed BPS Philippine Standard Safety Certification and SGS Fimko, Ltd. accreditation testing.

 

Concepstore also offers an incredible discount on their refrigerator units, so it is indeed an excellent choice. (Exact offer to follow).

2. ShopSM

 

Well, this one is a no-brainer. Big box shops, such as SM will likely provide the most comprehensive warranties and service options. Simply walk into one of their numerous stores, and you’re sure to be met with an endless array of options. That’s the thing about this retail giant- it’s everywhere. Moreover, SM might also be the most flexible when it comes to payment options.

 

3. Abenson

 

Abenson is an electronics retailer in the country that is steadily growing in popularity. What sets them apart is that they have an official Abenson Viber Community, and each of their 120+ locations is available for your appliance needs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Viber shopping is like conversing with your own personal shopper. Of course, if internet shopping isn’t your thing, you can always go into one of their stores and shop safely. Abenson also accepts a variety of payment methods, including credit cards and other types of financing.

 

Types of Refrigerator

 

While no one is stopping you from strolling into one of the shops listed above, it’s always a good idea to conduct a little extra research to figure out precisely what you need. Otherwise, you can squander time trying to select which one to buy, especially when they all seem stunning inside the store, gleaming and glistening.

 

There are many different types of refrigerators, and deciding which one is best for you or your family is a matter of price and which model best matches your needs.

 

1. Top Freezer Refrigerators

 

This one is a tried-and-true refrigerator type that has been quite the household standard for decades now. While the lower level of this type may not be appropriate for some consumers (i.e., those who are taller), the cheaper cost of these types may be an acceptable compromise. This model is by far the most inexpensive, making it an excellent choice for budget-conscious shoppers. This type also comes in a number of sizes to suit both large and small kitchens.

 

2. Side-by-Side Refrigerator

 

Side-by-side types have a vertical freezer and refrigerator that sit right next to each other, making for a very sleek design. The small profile does limit the amount of food that can be kept, and these models aren’t really as energy-efficient as other refrigerator types. It is, nevertheless, still another extremely cost-effective option. In addition to their enticing cheap price, Side-by-Side refrigerators offer the advantage of requiring a minimal door swing space, making them suitable for compact kitchens. Most versions also come with an ice maker and a water dispenser on the outside.

 

3. Bottom Freezer Refrigerators

 

For a good reason, the bottom freezer type of refrigerator is immensely popular. Both the refrigerator and freezer portions of these models include a vast storage block, allowing for easy storage of items of various sizes and widths. Many people also enjoy having the refrigerator area right at eye level, which makes it easy to find what they need fast. The only downside is that these tend to cost considerably more than the other options.

 

4. French Door Refrigerators

 

The French Door refrigerator gives your kitchen a contemporary appeal. Not only does the lower-freezer configuration provide enormous blocks of storage space, but the option to open just one refrigerator door at a time reduces cold air loss. Many versions come with a drawer-style freezer, although some also include French doors in the freezer. The French doors require a limited swing area, and they have the same flexibility as standard Bottom Freezer models when it comes to storing wide or bulky products. Again, this type is worth considering if you have a smaller space.

 

5. Counter-Depth Refrigerator

 

Counter-depth refrigerators are an excellent method to limit your options if you’re searching for a low-profile fit for your new refrigerator. Refrigerators in this category are typically between 27″ and 30″ deep, making them easier to integrate into your kitchen plan and maximize space. A counter-depth fridge might be the best option for you if you want to save space and create a fully integrated design.

 

6. Mini Fridge

 

Now, if perhaps your current living situation doesn’t demand a full-size fridge, then a mini-fridge might be the one for you. These refrigerators offer all of the chilling capability you need in a much smaller form, making them ideal for smaller kitchens, workplaces, recreational rooms, and other spaces. Mini refrigerators come in a wide range of sizes and configurations, with features such as a separate freezer section, double doors, and a glass front. Some types are meant to stand alone, while others are designed to be installed in a cabinet. 

 

7. The Built-In Refrigerator

 

For a seamless finish, built-in refrigerators are intended to match your kitchen’s décor and cabinetry. Here’s a hint for getting the right fit: before installing, verify with your interior designer for the necessary measurements, and don’t forget to provide enough room for air to move freely. A concealed door hinge, safety glass, and LED lighting are included in these refrigerators, transforming your kitchen into a modern and valuable area. Needless to say, these units are the most expensive ones.

 

We realize that’s a lot of information to process, so don’t freak out. Just take a second to pick one or two that might match your needs. We just want to let you know that there are plenty of options out there that meet every preference and budget.

 

Important Factors to Consider Before Buying

 

Refrigerators, like other machinery and technologies, have come a long way. There are a number of features to look for, all of which are meant to give your fridge a whole new level of capability. With the endless array of features the salesman will bombard you with; it’s very easy to feel overwhelmed.

 

While some of these added functionalities are legitimately useful, evaluate them and see which ones matter most. Here are the most crucial ones to think about.

 

1. Compressor

 

A refrigerator’s “heart” is the compressor. It distributes the refrigerant throughout the system, increases pressure in the warm circuit, and heats the refrigerant. It’s akin to pumping air into a bicycle tube: when you compress the air, you can feel a heat increase in the pump.

 

It’s worth mentioning that smaller units are often equipped with general compressors, whereas medium to large units are built with inverter compressors.

 

A. General Compressors

 

These compressors begin at high speed and maintain that level throughout their operation. Even when there is no cooling loss, they will continue to operate until the temperature reaches the optimum cold temperature. Refrigerators with this type of compressor require a lot more electricity.

 

B. Inverter Compressors

 

Inverter compressors, on the other hand, are adaptive by nature, and their speed differs based on how much cooling the machine requires. They start off slowly and then increase their pace as needed. Units with inverter compressors are more energy-efficient, but they carry a more expensive price tag.

 

2. Energy Efficiency

 

This is, without a doubt, one of the most crucial factors to consider. After all, if you’re going to use this appliance for at least a decade, it shouldn’t significantly increase your electricity bill month after month.

 

The quickest approach to determine whether a model is energy efficient is to look at its energy efficiency factor (EEF). These details are visibly presented on the unit’s energy advice label, a bright yellow sheet of paper. This will make comparing the energy efficiency of various models in a store much easier.

 

Other helpful information is displayed on this yellow guide label, such as storage capacity, minimum energy performance standard, method of estimating the unit’s running cost, and so on.

 

Energy Efficiency Factor (EEF)

 

The Energy Efficiency Factor (EEF) is the large number in the middle of a refrigerator’s energy guide label that indicates how well the fridge uses its electricity to chill its rated storage volume.

 

A high EEF value indicates that the model is more energy-efficient, and so has a reduced running cost. To compare the energy efficiency of identical refrigerator models at a store, use the EEF.

 

How to Calculate a Model’s Operating Cost

 

The EEF number will quickly tell you which model is more efficient, but it will not tell you how much it will cost to run that model.

 

Fortunately, we can use the energy guide label to get the computation we need to estimate a model’s operating costs. The formula is as follows:

 

Operating Cost per 24 hours = Energy Consumption (kWh/24h) x Energy Cost (Pesos/kWh)

 

3. Manufacturer’s Warranty

 

Because most refrigerators have a limited warranty term, it’s a good idea to choose a brand that provides an additional, extended warranty on the appliance, even if it’s not free. Don’t take it for granted; have a long conversation with your dealer about it.

 

Installing Your New Refrigerator

 

So you’ve finally made your purchase. Congrats! The next thing to worry about is installing it. Refrigerators, compared to other equipment such as air conditioners and water heaters, are much easier to install. Here’s a simple guide to getting started safely and efficiently, and you’ll be cooling your food in no time.

 

1. Unpack

 

If you don’t have enough room inside the house, it’s preferable to open the large cardboard box outside, where there is more space. Remove the cardboard box and any packaging material from the package and put them aside. It’s important not to toss any packaging material away until the fridge has been up – and – running for a few days. You never know if you’ll need said packaging for replacement, repair or if you suddenly need to move.

 

Remove all shelves, drawers, and other components from the refrigerator and place them somewhere safe. Keeping the plastic cover on the unit at first is usually a good idea, as it will protect the appliance from unwanted dings and scratches when you transport it.

 

2. Move the Refrigerator

 

The easiest way to move a refrigerator across flat surfaces is to use a wheelbarrow if it’s small or moderately sized. Consider seeking assistance if it’s one of the larger models.

 

Tilt the refrigerator to one side to spread the weight throughout the journey. Never place a refrigerator on its side or upside down because the cooling system will be weakened or damaged. If you have to take it up the stairs, maintain it as upright as much as you can and go slowly, so you don’t knock it.

 

3. Pro Tip: Remove the Fridge’s Door

 

Bigger refrigerators are particularly challenging to transport since they frequently do not fit through standard entrances. However, there is a trick here: all refrigerators are equipped with detachable doors. Bolts at the top and bottom hold the doors in place, and they may be detached by undoing them. 

 

Nevertheless, check the manual for specific instructions as some may need you to remove the bolts in a specific order or remove other components first. If you’re unsure, skip this step, although it’s a clever technique to get around narrow entrances. Simply bolt the doors back on once you’ve transported the entire unit.

 

4. Keep the Air Gap in Mind

 

We’re gonna go ahead and assume that you measured the dedicated space for your fridge. However, it’s never a bad idea to double-check. Measure the depth, height, and width of the refrigerator’s space allocation before moving it inside.

 

Then compare this to the refrigerator’s specs, making sure to account for an air gap as recommended by the manufacturer. This information may be found in the unit’s manual. This opening allows air to flow and circulate, eliminating the refrigerator’s heat extracted from within. The needed spacing varies depending on the brand and kind of refrigerator, so double-check and make sure you have enough room.

 

Safety Precautions For Using Your Refrigerator 

 

It’s probably not your first time to use one of these, so some instruction on how to do so will be an insult to you. However, there might be ill-advised practices that we’re all accustomed to, which might harm your appliance and hurt its longevity. Consider this section a safety guideline when dealing with your machine.

 

For starters, it is advised that you read your owner’s manual before anything else, as most safety instructions are there, too. And while the precautions we are about to discuss will be of utmost importance, there might be instructions in those manuals that are brand-specific. So, do your due diligence. While this sounds like a lot of work, the return is being able to utilize your appliance for much longer and possibly even pass it down to the next generation.

 

1. Precautions for General Use

 

  • Never switch on the refrigerator right away if it shows any signs of damage. If in doubt, ask your dealer.

 

  • Upon turning it on for the first time, allow the appliance to stand for 2 hours before putting in food.

 

  • Unless supervised, this appliance is not meant for use by those who have impaired physical, sensory, or mental abilities.

 

  • Children should be supervised to ensure that they do not play with the appliance, like hanging onto refrigerator doors, for example.

 

  • If you smell something akin to chemicals or smoke upon using the refrigerator, pull out the power plug immediately and contact your service center.

 

  • Other than those specified by the manufacturer, do not use mechanical devices or other measures to speed up the defrosting process.

 

  • Do not store or use any electrical appliances inside the refrigerator/freezer.

 

  • Touching the internal walls of the freezer or the contents stored in the freezer with damp hands may cause frostbite.

 

  • Avoid storing items on the top of the fridge as much as possible, as this restricts airflow and forces the refrigerator to work harder.

 

  • Do not keep combustible items in the refrigerator. Storing benzene, thinner, alcohol, ether, and similar compounds may result in explosions.

 

2. Power-related Precautions 

 

  • Under all circumstances, the refrigerator should always be plugged into its own direct socket, which should have the same voltage rating as the rating plate. Do not plug the refrigerator in an extension socket with other appliances plugged in.

 

  • Check that the power plug is not compressed or broken by the refrigerator’s rear. 

 

  • Do not overbend the power cable or stack heavy objects on top of it.

 

  • If the power cable becomes frayed or broken, get it fixed or replaced as soon as possible by the manufacturer or its service provider.

 

  • If the cord has splits or abrasion damage along its length or at either end, do not plug it in.

 

  • Never insert the power plug with wet hands.

 

  • If you unplug the refrigerator from the power source, you should wait at least 10 minutes before plugging it back in.

 

  • The fridge must be grounded to avoid power leaks or electric shocks.

 

  • Remove the power plug if the refrigerator will not be used for an extended length of time.

 

  • If you experience a power outage, consider contacting your utility company to determine how long it will last. Most power outages that are restored within an hour or two will not alter the temps in your refrigerator. However, you should keep the number of door openings to a minimum when the electricity is turned off.

 

3. Installation Precautions

 

  • Install the refrigerator in a dry, well-ventilated area where it will not come into touch with water.

 

  • This refrigerator should not be placed in direct sunlight or exposed to heat from stoves, room heaters, or other equipment.

 

  • After installation, the appliance must be positioned so that the plug is easily accessible.

 

  • Clear any obstructions from the ventilation openings in the appliance casing or mounting structure.

 

  • Air vent holes should not be covered. During installation, provide clearance to the right, left, rear, and top. 

 

4. Cleaning Precautions

 

  • Before cleaning, unplug the refrigerator. When cleaning the plug, and the rear part, avoid using a moist towel.

 

  • Do not use dangerous chemicals that the manufacturer does not advise to clean the refrigerator.

 

  • Remove any foreign debris or dust accumulated on the power plug pins.

 

  • Clean the back of the refrigerator on a regular basis. Dust increases the usage of energy.

 

Diagnosis and Repair

As with human ailments, our appliances may exhibit symptoms of underlying issues. While we strongly advise you to contact your appliance service provider as soon as you notice a problem with your refrigerator, there are certain issues that you can actually troubleshoot or at least detect to a certain extent.

 

Here are the refrigerator issues and their typical causes, as well as troubleshooting tips. We are once again reminding you to check your manual for brand-specific issues and solutions.

 

1. The refrigerator isn’t running, and the light isn’t functioning.

 

  • Check that the refrigerator is firmly plugged in.

 

  • Examine the circuit for a blown fuse or a tripped circuit breaker.

 

  • Examine the power cable for damage.

 

  • If it is plugged into an extension cord along with other appliances, remove it and plug it into a direct socket.

 

  • Examine the outlet voltage.

 

2. The refrigerator isn’t running, but the light is working.

 

  • Examine the temperature setting.

 

  • To allow for air movement, leave a three-inch gap outside the refrigerator between the walls and the back and sides, as well as a one-inch gap above.

 

  • Clean the condenser coils.

 

  • Unplug the fridge, wait two hours, then reconnect it. If you hear it running, it means there is an issue that is overheating the compressor.

 

3. The light in the refrigerator is not working.

 

  • Examine the door switch.

 

  • Remove the bulb and take it to a hardware store to be replaced.

 

4. The refrigerator or freezer isn’t cold enough

 

  • Examine the temperature setting.

 

  • Check that there is adequate space in the refrigerator or freezer for air passage. If you think it’s overloaded, try removing some of the load.

 

  • Examine vents for airflow obstructions.

 

  • Clean the condenser coils.

 

  • Inspect if the door seals are sufficiently tight. Before shutting the door, place a piece of paper between it and the unit. Take out the paper. There might be an adhesion issue with the seal if there is no tension.

 

  • Examine the drain tube for obstructions.

 

  • Examine for refrigerant leaks. If you do discover a leak, contact a professional technician right away.

 

5. The refrigerator is loud or produces weird noises.

 

  • On frost-free freezers, hissing and popping are common; the defrost heater most likely causes it.

 

  • Make sure the refrigerator is level.

 

6. The Refrigerator runs constantly.

 

  • It is relatively normal for a refrigerator to run for 24 hours or more before cooling if the temperature control has just been altered, the fridge has been filled with a considerable load, or you are in a humid environment.

 

  • Defrost the refrigerator.

 

  • Clean the condenser coils

 

  • Examine the door seals.

7. The refrigerator has a foul odor.

 

  • Remove any rotten food.

 

  • Clean the refrigerator’s interior with a mix of lukewarm water and baking soda.

 

  • Clear out the door seals.

 

  • Check for moist insulation by removing the breaker strips.

 

8. There is water on the floor outside the refrigerator.

 

  • Examine the drain pan.

 

  • Check the water supply hose flowing into and coming out of the water intake valve if you have an ice maker.

 

The guidelines and tips above are rather rudimentary, and do not offer an in-depth set of solutions to every problem you might encounter with your refrigerator. This is why the wisest course of action is to contact a trained technician when such issues occur. Besides, it might save you the time and even the money as a DIY repair might prove to be more costly down the road if not done right. 

Disposal

 

So maybe it’s time to retire the old fridge. Maybe you have done your absolute best and had it checked out for repairs, but to no avail. After all, nothing lasts forever.

 

The question remains, how do you dispose of an appliance as big as a refrigerator safely? 

 

Tossing your fridge on the side of the road is neither responsible nor environmentally friendly. In fact, depending on where you reside, you may violate various laws or ordinances by doing so.

 

Here’s a list of choices for getting rid of an old fridge.

 

1. Think about selling or donating it.

 

If your present refrigerator is still in good working order and you’re merely disposing of it to upgrade, don’t throw it away! Instead, you can sell it to someone who might need it. 

 

Alternatively, you may give it to a local charity. Not only will you feel fantastic about giving anything to a worthy cause, but the nonprofit you chose may even pick it up from your home, addressing your refrigerator disposal issue.

 

2. Recycle

 

Even if your old fridge is no longer functional, it may still serve as an excellent storage solution for various objects in your house. Consider it for storing cleaning supplies and soaps in the garage, or clean it entirely and use it as a pantry for dry goods. Just don’t put anything perishable in there since it can breed germs and other unpleasant microbes, but canned foods and bags of chips are fine.

 

3. Request that your appliance dealer take it up.

 

When you’re ready to buy a new fridge, ask your appliance dealer whether they can provide disposal of your old one. As a courtesy, the dealer may agree to take your old refrigerator as part of your purchase, especially if they are simultaneously delivering your new refrigerator to your home, anyway. If they don’t provide this service, don’t be reluctant to negotiate it as part of the deal.

 

4. Get in touch with your local junkyard.

 

If none of the aforementioned choices are viable, call your local junk store to see if they’ll buy it from you. If they’re licensed, these shops would have a protocol in place for disposing of the unit after stripping it of valuable parts.


Conclusion

 

For most people, owning a refrigerator is no longer a luxury but a necessity. We can all agree that these appliances are some of the best ones ever invented. 

 

Because refrigerators come in many shapes and sizes, it’s undoubtedly wise to check out the exact type and model that will work for you, your family, and your budget.

 

While there is certainly value in knowing your way around the machine, it’s still wiser to have a dedicated provider that offers professional service in order to repair, maintain, and even install your appliance.

 

Teko Solutions Asia, Inc., or teko.ph for short, is a Philippine-based technology startup that offers appliance services to households by our vetted and professional partner technicians. With Teko, you can book a certified technician for repair in three easy steps! Head over to teko.ph to book a service or check our incredible rates.

 

Owning a refrigerator is an absolute joy, and being able to maintain its excellent working condition for years to come is an incredible feeling as well. After all, if you take care of things, they last.