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How To Clean Refrigerator Coils

by Julia Wood

The key to insuring that your refrigerator is efficient is maintaining it on a regular basis. You don't always have to call an appliance specialist to service your refrigerator. One of the most common problems with refrigerators is dirty condenser and evaporator coils. These are vital to the normal operation of any fridge, and they are very easy to clean. This article explains how to clean your refrigerator's condenser and evaporator coils.

Cleaning the Condenser Coils

To put it simply, the condenser coils circulate refrigerator coolant throughout the unit. These coils are on the outside of the unit, usually on the bottom or back side. They are copper and aluminum and they are usually protected by a protective metal grill. If the coils are dirty or clogged, it will hamper the flow of the coolant. This can lead to your refrigerator using more energy and struggling to maintain a cool, constant temperature. So, cleaning them on a regular basis is very important. If your coils are extremely hot, it might be sign that your unit is struggling. Likewise, if your coils look extremely dirty, you should clean them immediately.

The first step is to unplug your refrigerator. Then, use a hose vacuum suck up as much dirt and dust as possible from in between the coils. This might not be enough for an adequate cleaning, so use a wet rag to clean off the rest.

Cleaning Your Evaporator Coils

Once the condenser coils are clean, you should check and clean the evaporator coils. These coils are actually inside the unit. To access them, you will need to remove the access panel from the inside of the unit. This does not require any tools, as it should just pop right off. The evaporator coils will look similar to the condenser coils, only they are much smaller. In most cases, you will need to defrost the coils before you can clean them. So, you can leave the refrigerator door open for an hour while the ice melts. Then, use a rag and basic surface cleaner to wipe any dust or gunk buildup in between the coils. If your evaporator coils continue to frost up, it might be a sign of a more serious problem with your refrigerator. At this point, you should consult an appliance specialist and have your refrigerator serviced as soon as possible.

For more information, contact Appliance Tech Repair LLC by Frank Lecato or a similar company.