Wipe down the shelves? Check. Scrub the doors till your face shines in it? Check. But what about cleaning your refrigerator’s condenser coils? While you might do a great job of frequently cleaning the rest of your unit, it’s important not to forget about caring for the fan and condenser coils. Take a look at this step-by-step process to prevent you from having spoiled products or costly repairs.
Prepare to Clean the Coil
Preparing to clean the condenser coil is simple. Gather a vacuum, screwdriver, and stiff brush, as well as a fin straightener in case coils appear bent out of shape. Before beginning, stay safe by always unplugging the unit or cutting off power from your circuit breaker.
Accessing the Coils
You don’t need to be an expert to find and reach your condenser coils. Your unit’s manual should say precisely where they are, since the location can vary. Older models frequently have loops along the back, while newer models have them in the front, either on the top or bottom. You will need to take off the grate so you can reach them. Depending on your model, you may need to either unscrew it or just snap it right off.
Cleaning the Coils
Take a stiff brush and use it to gently clean the condenser coils, doing the same with the fan. Be extremely careful so you don’t cause accidental damage. Then, vacuum the coils carefully, and vacuum up any remaining dust. Check for bent fins and use the fin straightener if necessary.
Put Everything Back
Finally, snap or screw the grate back into place and plug your appliance back into the power source.