The refrigerator condensor coils collect dust over time, which in turn affects their normal cooling functioning. If the heat exchanger coils are not cleaned regularly, they will not properly cool the refrigerant off in the defrost cycle. When this happens, the refrigerator has to work even harder to stay cool resulting in less proficiency, which ends up costing you more on energy bills.
To keep your refrigerator running efficiently all year round, you should be cleaning your condensor coils at least twice a year. Cleaning your coils before the start of the summer will help prevent your refrigerator from having to work extra hard to stay cool during those hot summer months.
Following our step-by-step guide below will save you money on your energy bills and allow for an optimum performing refrigerator. To complete the cleaning process, you will need to have a coil cleaner brush, a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment and a dust mask.
**Before beginning, be sure you to put your mask on to eliminate the inhalation of dust.
1. Turn your circuit breaker off or unplug your unit completely.
2. Carefully remove the front toe grill from the bottom of your unit by pulling it out and off.
3. Using your coil cleaner brush, reach inside and remove/knock off any dust from the condensor coils.
4. Attach your vacuum cleaner and brush attachment to clean up all the dust from underneath your refrigerator that was knocked off from the coils.
5. Snap your front toe grill back into place, and repeat again in six months.