Always try to keep your rental refrigerator working efficiently!
Some ways to do this are by keeping the coils clean. Dirty coils trap in heat & lead to the refrigerator motor having to work harder to cool inside compartments. Also, remove the drip pan from underneath the coils & wash it well! While cleaning the pan, check for clogs.
Next, check the freezer! It may need to be defrosted. A quick way to tell is if there is a build up of more than 1/4 inch of ice on the walls. Don’t just chip away at the ice, but instead remove the contents of the freezer & either let the compartment’s ice melt at room temperature or use a blow dryer to speed up the process. Then simply collect the dripping ice in a pan.
Great Tips for Apartment Tenant Maintenance
1. Keep flooring in good condition! Dirt is a floor’s worst enemy! Dirt can cause scratches on hard wood floors, as well as wear out fibers in carpets & rugs. In order to avoid dirt; sweep, mop, & vacuum weekly. Also, place mats inside & outside of your doors (if allowed) to reduce the amount of dirt tracked in & out of your apartment.
2. Prevent plumbing troubles!
When it comes to the kitchen sink, avoid pouring oil, coffee grounds, breads and/or rice down into the pipes. These materials can clog the sink & lead to serious problems.
In the bathroom, remove hair from the sink & shower so that they do not wash down the drain! If clogs do occur, they can be unclogged using a plunger. Fill the clogged area with water & push the plunger down in quick, firm motions. Repeat as needed.