The refrigerator is one of the most used appliances in a home. Therefore, it is one of the most energy-consuming household appliances. According to Engie, “the consumption of a refrigerator corresponds to nearly a quarter of household energy expenditure”. This corresponds to an expenditure of between 200 to 500 kilowatt-hours per year. But one element could increase this consumption if you don’t pay attention to it.

At the bottom of your refrigerator, behind the fruit and vegetable drawer, there is a small hole. If it is rather unknown to the general public, this fine opening is essential to the operation of this household appliance. What is it for and why is it time to take care of it?


But in order for this hole to work properly, it is necessary to clean it regularly. It can easily become clogged with dirt or food residue that builds up. For it to perform its role, it must be cleaned: the site then advises to pass a cotton swab or a small brush soaked in white vinegar. Remember to unplug your fridge before starting the operation.

It is also possible to pour hot water behind your crisper to remove any residue.