The usefulness of cleaning refrigerator coils is debated at Should I clean my refrigerator coils. Please read that before proceeding.
Steps[edit | edit source]
Pull the refrigerator away from the wall and other appliances and shut off the electricity by unplugging the power cord. For built-in refrigerators, turn the respective circuit breaker off.
If a vacuum is available, use the long, narrow hose attachment to clean out the debris in and around the coils.
- Using a bottle brush or a dryer vent brush will help immensely; especially if your refrigerator is old and hasn't been cleaned for a very long time.
- If a vacuum is not available, using a bottle brush or a dryer vent brush will do the trick just as well.
After cleaning, restore the cover plates onto the refrigerator and turn the power back on.
Tips[edit | edit source]
Cleaning the condenser coils in your refrigerator saves energy and money. For side-by-side or built-in refrigerators, cleaning should be performed at least twice a year. For refrigerators with coils mounted on the back of the refrigerator, cleaning the coils at least once a year is sufficient. The entire process should take 10 to 45 minutes, depending on how dirty the coils are; overall, it is a quick way to save money on your next energy bill.
Warnings[edit | edit source]
Make sure the electricity is turned off before attempting to clean your refrigerator's condenser coils!
Things You will Need[edit | edit source]
- Vacuum and/or
- Dryer Brush