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Quick Tips: Cleaning Your Refrigerator Coils

The refrigerator is an essential appliance in any modern home, and luckily doesn’t require much maintenance to keep running efficiently. If your fridge isn’t as cold as it should be, it might be that the condenser coils need cleaning. The dirtier the condenser coils, the harder they work to keep your fridge cool. As a good rule for maintenance, cleaning should be done about every 12 months, especially if you have pets or the fridge is exposed to a lot of dust. The good news is, cleaning your condenser coils is a quick and easy job that should take less than an hour to complete. New to cleaning condenser coils? Follow these 3 simple steps.

  1. Locate the Coils

Before starting any cleaning or maintenance on an electric appliance, first disconnect it from the power as a safety precaution. If your coils are located at the back of the fridge, you’ll need to pull it out to access them.  Modern fridges have 2 types of coils, evaporator and condenser coils. The condenser coil looks like a metal grid and is often painted black. For older fridges, the condenser coil is likely to be at the back. For newer models, it may be located under the fridge behind the base grille. If in doubt, consult your user manual or look it up online.

  1. Vacuum the Coils

Remove the base grille (if the coils are located at the bottom of the fridge). Use a vacuum cleaner, preferably with a small brush head attachment, and a crevice attachment, to gently remove dust and debris from the coils. Often a fan will be located just behind the condenser coil. If you can reach it, vacuum this as well to maximise airflow onto the coils.

  1. Remove Stubborn Dirt

Use a brush or cloth to remove stubborn dirt and debris build up. Hardware stores sell a condenser brush which is shaped like a small Christmas tree to easily clean condenser coils, but an old paintbrush will also work.

Once you’ve cleaned your fridge coils, plug the fridge back into the wall and slide it into position. Note that some newer refrigerators have a “never clean” condenser that doesn’t require cleaning. Check your appliance instruction manual for further information. Once this easy maintenance has been done, your fridge should be cooling optimally again. If you’re still having trouble, call our team at Nationwide Appliance Repairs to assess the problem.

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