Switching off refrigerator for 6 months or so

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jitz

Is it advisable to switch off the refrigerator for 6 mth or so, if someone is going out of town.

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Yes no problem but don’t keep any food in refrigerator..

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Switch off.

Clear all the items, wipe clean the internals, slightly leave the door open for air flow

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andromeda wrote:

Switch off.

Clear all the items, wipe clean the internals, slightly leave the door open for air flow

Strickly advisable to leave the door open.. im also doing the same from last 6 months..

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If its a non frost free refrigerator, make sure you remove all the water/ice. Wipe off any residual water/moisture with a dry cloth/sponge. Anything wet will create fungus.
You can keep something like camphor/cinnamon sticks/etc inside the refrigerator to obfuscate any malodor that may gather during the time. Keep the door open a little.

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shana5 wrote:

Strickly advisable to leave the door open.. im also doing the same from last 6 months..

Won’t dust fill the inner cleaned refrigerator?

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shana5 wrote:

Strickly advisable to leave the door open.. im also doing the same from last 6 months..

If doors are kept open for long time then the sticky rubber material on the door becomes hard and doors will not close properly in future. Happened with my refrigerator which was kept opened for around 8 months.

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Completely dry the fridge without any moisture inside and then you can leave it for months, nothing will happen.

Same scenario came to me and I did the same and now it is working fine even after 6 months

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TradeGuru wrote:

If doors are kept open for long time then the sticky rubber material on the door becomes hard and doors will not close properly in future. Happened with my refrigerator which was kept opened for around 8 months.

That sticky rubber material is nothing but magnetic seal. The magnetism can wear off, and it can either be remagnetized or replaced. And in my understanding it doesn’t have any connection in losing its capabilities whether it is kept closed or open.

But if the door is completely kept wide open, then it will have other complications due to its weight acting along a axis. It can deform when kept over time, and have issues doing its job when needed.

And for the op @jitz, the implications of leaving the door slightly open thing can change from region to region due to humidity and other climatic conditions. Do check with your local peers/network what worked best for them.

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Thanks for all the inputs..
this is in Kerala and its too humid these days with too much rainfalls and heat.

is it ok if I wipe the entire fridge dry , leave it open for 2 days – to make sure excess moisture dries away, and keep some cinnamon sticks and silica, and leave the door closed ?

even if it smells, will it go away ?

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I wipe the entire fridge dry , leave it open for 2 days – to make sure excess moisture dries away, and keep some cinnamon sticks and silica, and leave the door closed
this should be the best choice considering humid conditions

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