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Refrigerator: How to Prevent Odor When Not in Use

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    LESLIE: Alright. Well it seems like Ken in Michigan’s going on a vacation and he listens to The Money Pit on WHAM. Not using your fridge for four months? What’s going on? Where you going?

    KEN: That’s correct. I just have an extra building, actually and was wondering, in the winter, if I leave the refrigerator on for a couple months, I take the temperature in the building down to 45, does it make sense to unplug the refrigerator after a certain time or is it OK to let it go through the chilly winter?

    TOM: Well, are you going to have food in it?

    KEN: No, no food.

    TOM: (chuckling) OK. I think it’s fine to unplug the refrigerator. Let it dry out; so leave the door open for a couple of days if you can. And then I would just stick a bottle of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda in there and close it up. Walk away, clean it real well and it’ll be good to go. There’s no reason to leave it on; no reason to use that energy while you’re not going to use it.

    KEN: OK, thank you.

    TOM: Alright, Ken. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT. 888-666-3974.

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