I have found people saying it's better to leave it on with water inside because then mould will not form. Is there any other downside except for electricity bill? It's a smallish refrigerator which will cost around 60$/year in electricity costs if left on.
Some more details We are in India in an apartment. So problem with electricity turning off(breaker etc., is not an issue). However, there can be rat problem. Will they damage an open fridge?
We have two babies at home, so turning it 24 hours before we leave is very difficult.
So I guess, we will put in 10-15 water bottles in the fridge, and 1 open container of water in the freezer, and leave it on?
Is it possible that the fridge gets damaged if the door is not opened for 4-5 months?