Time: 30 minutes
Your refrigerator works hard when the weather’s warm. Do you know what might be causing it to work even harder? Dirty condenser coils. Don’t risk a potential breakdown. Clean your condenser coils, and keep your refrigerator chilling all summer.
What's in it for you?
Extend the lifespan of your refrigerator
Save on energy costs
Depending on the model of your refrigerator your coil is either accessed from the FRONT or BACK of the refrigerator.
Unplug everything. Make sure your fridge is completely unplugged and turned off before beginning any work. There’s no need to empty the fridge if the doors remain closed.
Remove the covers. If your condenser coils are at the BACK of your refrigerator, they can be found by removing the back panel with a screwdriver. If your condenser coils are at the FRONT they can be found by removing the toe grill at the bottom of your refrigerator.
Dust the exposed area. Using your brush, dust off as much of the exposed coils as you can. A coil-cleaning brush can specifically help dust hard to reach places.
Pro Tip: Be gentle! You don’t want to break your condenser coils.
- Vacuum inside: Fit a narrow nozzle or brush attachment onto your vacuum and vacuum as much of the exposed coils as possible to remove the smaller dust and dirt particles. It’s ok if you don’t get everything – a compressed air blower can help blast away dust on the inner coils that aren’t exposed.
Pro Tip: The compressed air blower will blow the dust/dirt into the air and nearby areas. If you use one, make sure you wear protective gear like a mask and goggles and consider setting up a shop-vacuum to catch the dust,
- Sweep up the dust. Clean up any dust that has escaped around the refrigerator using your dustpan or vacuum and replace all the covers. Especially if you have pets, it’s a good idea to clean your condenser coils every 4-6 months.