A Comprehensive Guide to Refrigerators


Refrigerators are essential appliances in every household, serving as the hub for food storage and preservation. Choosing the right refrigerator and maintaining it properly can significantly impact its efficiency and lifespan. In this article, we answer common questions about refrigerators, providing valuable tips and product recommendations available on Shopee Philippines.

1. What is the Best Refrigerator Under $500?

One of the top refrigerators available under $500 or ₱34,933 is the Sharp SJ-FTG15BVP 2-Door No Frost Inverter Refrigerator. This model offers a no-frost feature, inverter technology for energy efficiency, and ample storage space with a sleek design, making it a great choice for those on a budget.

2. How to Organize a Small Refrigerator?

Organizing a small refrigerator efficiently involves:

  • Using clear containers: This helps in easily identifying and accessing food items.
  • Adjusting shelves: Utilize adjustable shelves to maximize space.
  • Labeling items: This ensures you know what's inside each container without opening them.
  • Storing similar items together: Grouping items by type can save space and keep the fridge tidy.

3. Why is My Refrigerator Making Noise?

Noises from your refrigerator can indicate various issues:

  • Humming or buzzing: Usually normal due to the compressor running.
  • Rattling: Could be due to loose items or parts.
  • Sizzling: Often from water dripping onto the defrost heater.
  • Gurgling: May be caused by refrigerant flowing through the coils.

4. How to Clean Refrigerator Coils?

Cleaning refrigerator coils improves efficiency:

  • Unplug the refrigerator.
  • Locate the coils (usually at the back or beneath the fridge).
  • Use a coil brush to remove dust and debris.
  • Vacuum the area thoroughly.
  • Plug the refrigerator back in.

5. What Size Refrigerator Do I Need?

The size of the refrigerator depends on household size:

  • Single or couple: 4-6 cu.ft.
  • Small family (2-3 people): 12-18 cu.ft.
  • Large family (4+ people): 18-25 cu.ft.

6. How to Fix a Refrigerator That Won't Cool?

Steps to troubleshoot a non-cooling refrigerator:

  • Check the power source: Ensure the fridge is plugged in and the circuit breaker isn't tripped.
  • Adjust the thermostat: Make sure it's set to the correct temperature.
  • Clean the coils: Dirty coils can reduce efficiency.
  • Inspect the door seals: Replace if they're worn out.
  • Call a technician: If these steps don’t work, professional help might be needed.

7. What is the Average Lifespan of a Refrigerator?

The average lifespan of a refrigerator is 10-20 years. Regular maintenance can extend its life.

8. How to Remove Refrigerator Odors?

To eliminate odors:

  • Clean spills immediately.
  • Use baking soda: Place an open box inside to absorb smells.
  • Vinegar solution: Clean the interior with a mixture of water and vinegar.
  • Activated charcoal: Place some inside to neutralize odors.

9. Why is My Refrigerator Leaking Water?

Common causes of water leaks include:

  • Clogged defrost drain: Clean the drain to prevent blockages.
  • Broken drain pan: Check and replace if necessary.
  • Improper leveling: Ensure the fridge is level to prevent water accumulation.

10. What Temperature Should a Refrigerator Be?

The ideal temperature is 37°F (3°C) for the refrigerator and 0°F (-18°C) for the freezer.

11. How to Change a Refrigerator Water Filter?

To change the water filter:

  1. Locate the filter (usually inside the fridge or at the base).
  2. Turn off the water supply.
  3. Remove the old filter and replace it with a new one.
  4. Turn the water supply back on and flush the system if needed.

12. How to Defrost a Refrigerator?

Steps to defrost:

  • Unplug the refrigerator.
  • Remove all food items.
  • Place towels to absorb water.
  • Leave the doors open to allow the ice to melt.
  • Clean and dry the interior before plugging it back in.

13. What is the Most Energy-Efficient Refrigerator?

The LG Refrigerator No Frost Top Mount Gr-B202sqbb7 7.2 Cu. Ft. is an energy-efficient model available on Shopee Philippines. It features inverter technology, a no-frost system, and a design that maximizes space and energy savings.

14. How to Reset a Refrigerator?

To reset:

  • Unplug the refrigerator.
  • Wait for about 5 minutes.
  • Plug it back in.
  • Adjust the thermostat to the desired setting.

15. Why is My Refrigerator Freezing Food?

Common reasons include:

  • Thermostat set too low: Adjust to a higher temperature.
  • Blocked air vents: Ensure vents are not obstructed.
  • Faulty thermostat or sensors: May need replacement.

16. How to Install a Refrigerator?

Installation steps:

  • Choose the right location with adequate space and ventilation.
  • Level the refrigerator using adjustable feet.
  • Connect the water supply if it has a water dispenser.
  • Plug it in and let it run for a few hours before storing food.

17. How to Replace a Refrigerator Door Seal?

Steps to replace the door seal:

  • Remove the old seal by unscrewing or pulling it off.
  • Clean the area where the new seal will go.
  • Align the new seal and press it into place.
  • Secure it with screws if necessary.

18. What Refrigerator Brand is Most Reliable?

Samsung and LG are highly rated for reliability and performance in the Philippines.

19. How to Transport a Refrigerator?

Transporting tips:

  • Defrost and clean before moving.
  • Secure doors with tape.
  • Use a dolly for moving.
  • Keep it upright to prevent damage.
  • Allow it to sit for a few hours after moving before plugging in.

20. How to Adjust Refrigerator Shelves?

To adjust shelves:

  • Remove items from the shelf.
  • Lift and pull out the shelf.
  • Reposition the shelf to the desired height.
  • Place items back on the shelf.

By following these tips and guidelines, you can ensure your refrigerator operates efficiently and lasts longer. For purchasing recommendations, Shopee Philippines offers a variety of models to suit different needs and budgets.