This guide will explain the simple steps to clean refrigerator coils effectively and prevent major issues. Following these tips, you can easily maintain your refrigerator and ensure regular cleanings.
Effortlessly Clean Refrigerator Coils with These Tips and Tricks
With the right supplies and techniques, cleaning refrigerator coils can be done in a matter of minutes. We break down the process into easy steps to ensure proper and efficient cleaning. How often should you clean the coils to avoid refrigerator problems? We’ll advise you on the recommended frequency and explain why it’s important.
How Frequently Should You Clean Refrigerator Coils?
Condenser coils are vital in cooling the refrigerant and maintaining the refrigerator’s temperature. When the coils become covered in dust and dirt, they struggle to perform their function effectively, leading to an increased workload for the condenser in cooling the refrigerant. This may cause the refrigerator to make noise as the condenser runs continuously. Other problems that may arise include:
- Higher energy consumption and increased utility bills
- Insufficient cooling of the refrigerator
- Malfunctioning condenser
To avoid these issues and ensure optimal refrigerator performance, cleaning the condenser coils every six months is recommended. More frequent cleanings may be necessary if pets are in the household due to the additional dander and dirt they generate. Here’s a guide on how to clean refrigerator coils using the proper methods and equipment.
Step 1: Gather Your Cleaning Supplies
You’ll need a few supplies to quickly and safely clean the condenser coils. We suggest having the following items on hand to make the task as easy as possible:
- Flexible appliance cleaning brush
- Narrow vacuum hose attachment
- Dust mask
Step 2: Unplug the Refrigerator and Locate the Condenser Coils
The condenser coils are typically located at the back of the refrigerator or behind a base grille or kick plate in the front. Move the refrigerator away from the wall to unplug it and access the coils easily if they are at the back. If the coils are behind a front kick plate, remove the kick plate after unplugging the refrigerator. Remember to wear a dust mask before removing any dust or debris.
Step 3: Vacuum the Condenser Coils
Carefully vacuum the condenser coils and the surrounding area using the hose attachment. Clean between each coil gently, moving the hose attachment toward the coils to avoid causing damage. Vacuum up any dust and debris on the floor.
Step 4: Brush the Condenser Coils
Clean the refrigerator coils thoroughly using the appliance brush. Its flexibility allows you to reach all corners and crevices. This step is crucial as it removes any dirt and debris the vacuum may have missed, helping the refrigerator operate efficiently.
Step 5: Vacuum the Condenser Coils Once More
Use the vacuum hose attachment again to clean up any dirt and dust that the appliance brush may have loosened. Vacuum the coils, the surrounding area, and the floor.
Step 6: Restore Power and Reinstall the Refrigerator
Remember to plug the refrigerator back in before moving it against the wall and reinstalling the kick plate (if necessary).
At Dependable Repair Services, we offer refrigerator repairs and provide the guidance you need to ensure its smooth operation. Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have!