How to Clean the Condenser Coils on Your Refrigerator

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When was the last time you cleaned your refrigerator? Probably pretty recently.

Now, what about the last time you cleaned your refrigerator’s condenser coils? We’re willing to bet it’s been a while (or never).

Don’t feel bad – many people don’t realize how important it is to clean this part of the fridge. Although they are generally an afterthought, condenser coils are a key component to your refrigerator’s energy efficiency and overall health.

Located on the back of most units, the condenser coils are responsible for releasing excess heat. This keeps your refrigerator operating quietly and efficiently. When these coils become coated in a thick layer of dust, your fridge has to work harder to keep cool. This ultimately leads to higher utility bills and a shorter lifespan for your appliance.

Preventing these problems is as easy as cleaning your condenser coils every six months. It only takes minutes and can save you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Unplug your refrigerator from the electrical receptacle.

  2. Locate the condenser coils. They are on the back of most models, but some newer units have them located underneath the appliance, behind the toe grille.

  3. Clean the coils using your vacuum cleaner. The brush and nozzle attachments generally work best for this task. Keep vacuuming until all visible dust and dirt is gone.

  4. Sweep away stubborn debris using a paint brush.

  5. Replace the toe grille (if necessary), slide your refrigerator back into its proper place, and plug it back into the outlet. That’s it!

If you run into any refrigerator problems, the experts at Speedy Subzero are just a phone call away. With over 75 years of experience in the Long Island area, don’t trust anyone else to fix your refrigerator or freezer. We guarantee one-hour service to Nassau County, Suffolk County, and New York City. Call us today to schedule your appointment with one of our licensed technicians at 866-782-9376.

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