Is 30 minutes of your time worth thousands of dollars? It could be.
Cleaning the coils of your homes refrigerator every 6 months could save you hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars!!!
Every day refrigerators fail prematurely due to the effects of having dirty condenser coils. A broken refrigerator leads to food loss, service call fees, stress and loss of your valuable time and even a new refrigerator purchase. In this “Idler’s Appliances How To:” article, you will learn the simple steps of cleaning your refrigerator’s condenser coils and possibly save big $$$ in the process.
Here are 6 Easy Steps for cleaning your refrigerator’s condenser coils.
1) Turn off the power to the refrigerator.
You can do this by rolling the refrigerator away from the wall and unplugging it or by shutting off the breaker to the refrigerator. Some refrigerators, like built-ins or units without wheels, should not be moved (unless it’s moved by a professional).
2) Find your refrigerator’s condenser coils.
Most new freestanding models locate the condenser coil at the bottom of the unit. Remove the front toe kick (screws or clips) and use a flashlight to find the coils. If there is a drip tray in the way, remove it (Be careful not to pull too hard as some are taped in place and also to avoid spilling water).
If not found behind the toe kick, the freestanding refrigerator will have to be slid away from the wall to access the coils from the back. Shut off and disconnect the water supply line if it’s too short to allow enough room to work. Remove the panel. The condenser coil may be flat, but will likely be cylindrical in shape when located here.
Other locations for the coils are on the back of the unit (usually smaller or older-style freestanding refrigerators) or, if you have a “built-in” style refrigerator, the coils can be on top of the unit.
3) Use a coil brush and vacuum to clear out the dust buildup.
Be careful not to damage or bend the fins on the coils.
If you can see the fan, be sure to clean the blades of the fan as well.
4) Replace the drip tray and cover/toe kick, plug in the refrigerator and push the refrigerator back in place.
If disconnected, make sure to reconnect and turn on the water to the ice maker. Be sure to test for leaks!!!
5) Set your refrigerator’s temperature to factory recommended settings.
6) Clean any leftover debris and double check for kinked hoses and leaks.