- How often should I change the water filter in my refrigerator?
As with the filters in other appliances, your refrigerator’s water filter will need to be changed from time to time.
Making a habit of changing your water filter is not only important for your health, but also the health of your refrigerator.
A saturated water filter’s ability to filter out bacteria and other contaminants will be reduced, and they will penetrate into the water that your refrigerator dispenses and uses to make ice.
The industry’s standard recommendation is to change your water filter every 6 months, though this depends on how heavily you use your refrigerator’s water and ice dispenser.
As a standard user, 6 months is about right.
If your water use is higher than average, or if you notice a decrease in water flow, a decline in your refrigerator’s ice making capacity or an unpleasant taste or smell in the water, you should consider changing your refrigerator’s water filter.
Many Beko refrigerators also come with a filter indicator light which will indicate when your water filter needs changing.
- How do I clean my refrigerator?
Your refrigerator needs regular cleaning, probably more so than any other appliance in your home.
A dirty refrigerator may allow germs, bacteria and mold to grow inside, affecting performance and hygiene.
Before cleaning: Be sure to unplug your refrigerator before cleaning to avoid wasting energy during the cleaning process.
Take the contents of your refrigerator out and remove shelves, drawers and any other removable parts. Use non-abrasive, odour-free cleaning agents on the inside and removable parts of your refrigerator.
Any detergent scent left behind might get absorbed by food.
Cleaning removable parts: Wash the removable parts of your refrigerator under the tap.
Make sure these parts are at room temperature before washing as sudden changes in surface temperature may damage, shatter or break the glass and plastic parts of your refrigerator.
Wash your refrigerator's water tank if it has one.
You can reach the water tank by removing the front water dispenser shelf.
Take the water tank out and wash it under the tap.
Cleaning the inside: Clean the inside of your appliance from top to bottom.
Do not forget to wipe the door and its seals as well.
You can use the soft side of a dish sponge safely on the inside, the removable parts and the outside of your refrigerator.
Once you have finished cleaning, dry the removable parts and the inside of the appliance before replacing them all back into the refrigerator.
Cleaning the outside and condenser coils: When you are done with the inside, give the outside of your appliance a wipe with a dampened cloth.
Again, avoid using heavy duty cleaning agents as these might damage your refrigerator’s surfaces.
Be sure to check your refrigerator’s condenser coils and fan from time to time as well.
These parts are located on the outside of your refrigerator and are prone to gathering dust and debris.
Dust will block air flow and heat release, which will put a strain on your refrigerator’s compressor.
- My refrigerator has just been installed. How long should I wait before using it?
We know you are excited to use your new refrigerator right away but it needs some time to settle.
Your refrigerator needs to stay upright, disconnected from the mains, for 4 hours after first installation.
After 4 hours have passed, you can plug the appliance in and let it run for 12 hours, without placing any food inside.
You can start using your refrigerator safely after a total of 16 hours.
- How do I clean the water tank of my refrigerator's water dispenser?
If your refrigerator has a water dispenser, then its water tank will also need cleaning from time to time.
You can reach the water tank by removing the front water dispenser shelf.
Take the water tank out and wash it under the tap.
- How do I operate fast freeze?
The freezer compartment right in front of the freezer’s fan is called “fast freeze.”
Cold air is blown directly onto items placed in the fast freeze compartment, freezing them 10% faster than items placed anywhere else in the freezer.
Fast freeze is an automatic feature of your Beko refrigerator; there are no additional settings you need to activate.
- How much space should I leave between a wall and my refrigerator for proper ventilation?
You should leave at least 5 cm of space on the sides and at the back of your refrigerator for proper ventilation.
- The power to my refrigerator has been lost due to a power cut. What can I do to keep my food frozen?
Power cuts are annoying and unfortunately they still happen.
The best way to keep your food frozen during a power cut is to leave the freezer door closed.
Each time your refrigerator or freezer is opened, warm air enters the appliance, increasing the internal temperature.
Your freezer is designed to keep food frozen for up to 12 hours in the event of a power loss.
This is much longer than what you might achieve using any other method, such as using cool bags.
- I'm going away on vacation. Is there anything specific I should do?
Vacations are always exciting but leaving home for a while needs some preparation.
There are several steps you can take to prepare your refrigerator for your absence depending on the length of your vacation.
Short trips: If you are planning a short trip of a week to 10 days, you can leave your refrigerator running.
You might want to throw away anything which will spoil while you are away, to avoid bad odours in your refrigerator.
Longer trips: If you are going away for a month or an entire season, it is a good idea to unplug your refrigerator to save energy.
Empty your refrigerator, drain the water tank if you have one, clean the inside of the appliance and leave the doors open to avoid any unwanted odours.
Vacation mode: Many Beko refrigerators have a vacation mode that you can activate during long holidays.
This feature turns the refrigerator compartment off and keeps the freezer running.
If you are leaving for a month or longer, throw away any food which will spoil, put everything else in the freezer and set your refrigerator to vacation mode.
- My refrigerator’s ice maker is not making the declared amount of ice or any at all. What might be the problem and how do I to fix it?
A refrigerator's ice making capacity is declared in its user manual.
Keep in mind that the outside temperature plays a role in your appliance's ability to make ice.
If you notice a decrease in or a failure of your refrigerator's ice making capacity, check below to see the possible reasons.
Water connections: The first thing to check if your refrigerator is not making as much ice as the declared amount is its water connections.
These connections vary according to the specific model of your refrigerator.
Follow the instructions in your appliance’s user manual to see how and where to make the necessary connections and check that they are in place and unobstructed.
Water tank: Make sure that your refrigerator’s water tank is full.
A depleted water supply may be the reason your refrigerator is having problems making ice.
Freezer door: Another reason why your refrigerator’s ice making capacity may decrease is that the freezer door is being opened too often.
Your refrigerator needs to keep the air inside the freezer at a certain temperature to be able to produce the declared amount of ice.
If the freezer door is opened too frequently or is kept open for long periods, the warm air that enters the freezer will increase the air temperature inside, which will slow down the ice-making process.
- How can I prolong my refrigerator's lifespan?
Refrigerators are made to last for at least a decade.
This is an impressive figure considering they are the only appliance in your home which runs 24/7.
Your refrigerator is a sturdy piece of equipment and asks for little in return for its services.
Proper and regular maintenance can go a long way to extending your refrigerator’s lifespan.
Positioning: There are several easy steps you can follow to ensure that your refrigerator operates perfectly.
The first thing is to make sure that your refrigerator is positioned appropriately in your kitchen.
Your refrigerator needs to be away from walls, direct sunlight and other heat sources, like radiators or the oven.
Be sure to leave at least 5 centimeters of space between your refrigerator and walls for proper ventilation.
Condenser coils: Once you are happy with your refrigerator’s placement, you can then get familiar with the parts which need regular attention.
The first of these are the condenser coils.
The condenser is responsible for releasing the heat your appliance produces and helps keep the inside of the appliance cold.
Condenser coils are located either at the back or the bottom of your refrigerator and are prone to collect dust and debris.
Dusty condenser coils lose their efficiency in heat release and put a strain on the compressor, the most expensive part of a refrigerator.
Clean your condenser coils and fans monthly with the brush attachment of your vacuum cleaner.
Door seals: Door seals also need regular attention.
Door seals insulate the air inside your refrigerator from the warmer air outside.
If they become cracked or torn, your refrigerator’s compressor will need to work harder and longer to keep the air inside cold.
Clean your door seals with non-abrasive cleaning products twice a month for them to retain their elasticity.
Water filter: If your refrigerator has a water and ice dispenser, it will also have a water filter.
As with the filters in other appliances, your refrigerator’s water filter will need changing from time to time.
Making a habit of changing your water filters is not only important for your health, but also the health of your refrigerator.
A saturated water filter’s ability to filter out bacteria and other contaminants will diminish and they will penetrate into the water that your refrigerator dispenses and uses to make ice.
Cleaning: Aside from the condenser and the door seals, you should take the time to clean the inside and the outside of your refrigerator once every month.
A clean refrigerator will regulate its temperature better and put less stress on the compressor.
Maintenance: Finally, it’s always a good idea to take care of problems your appliances develop before they escalate.
Check your appliances regularly for any unexpected behavior or noise and fix those issues before they turn into bigger and possibly more expensive ones.
- What are the advantages of a top freezer refrigerator?
Convenience and variety: The top-freezer refrigerator is the most traditional and common refrigerator model, and so they come in more styles and colors than other models.
If you are looking for a convenient model with familiarity of use, and if you do not consume a large amount of frozen food, a top-freezer refrigerator might be the model for you.
- What are the advantages of a bottom freezer refrigerator?
Most used items at eye level: Bottom freezer refrigerators are a newer addition to the refrigerator family compared to top freezers.
The most obvious advantage of a bottom freezer refrigerator is that the most frequently accessed items such as fresh food and beverages are lifted to eye level while the less often used frozen foods are located closer to the ground.
Wider shelves: Bottom freezer refrigerators usually offer a wider shelf area which means that you can store wide items like pizza boxes or oven trays, which might be hard to fit in top freezer models.
Energy efficiency: Finally, bottom freezer refrigerators usually have more energy efficient models compared to other designs.
- What are the advantages of a side by side refrigerator?
Everything at eye level: Side-by-side refrigerators have two vertical sections, each with the same capacity.
The refrigerator is on the right while the freezer is on the left.
Side-by-side refrigerators provide more internal space and ease of use since both fresh and frozen food are located at eye level.
A two-compartment system means more, better organized freezer space.
With shelf-style storage space, frozen foods do not pile up on each other.
Narrower doors: Despite the larger storage space, the doors on a side-by-side model are narrower and therefore less space is needed in front of the refrigerator for them to swing open.
These models usually have the added feature of water and ice dispensers on the outside of the freezer door.
Vertical storage: Side-by-side refrigerators have a lot of storage space for fresh and frozen food, but this space is strictly vertical, which might not be suitable for some people.
Wide pizza boxes or large platters might not fit into a side-by-side model.
Side-by-side refrigerators have become more popular over recent years.
If you have the space in your kitchen and if you like the idea of having all your food, fresh and frozen, at eye level, then a side-by-side model might be the one for you.
- What are the advantages of a French door refrigerator?
French door refrigerators combine the best features of a side-by-side and bottom-freezer refrigerator.
These models have a two-compartment refrigerator on top and a drawer-style freezer at the bottom.
Most used items at eye level: More frequently accessed items such as fresh food and beverages are stored at eye level, while less frequently used frozen foods are located at the bottom.
These models provide a wide shelf space which accommodates platters and pizza boxes.
Narrower doors: Like the side-by-side models, the two-door system means that the doors are narrower, so less space is needed in front of the refrigerator for them to open fully.
Energy saving: Also, since only one door is opened at a time, only half of the refrigerator is exposed to the warmer air outside.
This means your refrigerator only needs half the energy to cool the air inside to the desired temperature.
- How do I choose the refrigerator that best fits my needs?
Complete our "Choose your product" questionnaire to find out which Beko refrigerator best suits your needs.
- Where can I find my refrigerator's serial number?
Every Beko refrigerator has a unique serial number.
It is located inside and on the wall of your refrigerator.