6 Simple Steps to Clean Your Refrigerator Coils

Most people may not think about their refrigerator’s condenser coils too often—or even know what they are—but keeping them clean is an essential part of refrigerator maintenance.

To understand why it’s so important to clean those coils, we’re going to first delve into a bit of grade-school science. We all know that when two things of different temperatures are near each other, the hotter surface cools and the colder surface warms. That principle (officially known as the second law of thermodynamics) is at play in your refrigerator. A pump pushes a gas refrigerant through the coils, where it cools down and becomes a liquid. The cool liquid then sucks all of the warm air out of the refrigerator and freezer.

Over time, dust, dirt, and pet hair can easily collect on the coils. When the coils are dirty, they can’t efficiently release heat. That means your compressor must work harder and use more energy, which will shorten the lifespan of your refrigerator.

Fortunately, you can help keep your refrigerator running efficiently by cleaning the coils a few times a year. Even more good news is that it’s not at all difficult. As appliance experts, we wanted to share 6 simple steps to clean your refrigerator’s coils:

Step 1. Unplug your refrigerator or turn off the circuit breaker that delivers power to the unit.

Step 2. Remove the cover panel to reveal the coils. On most units, the coils are located below the unit behind a kick plate, or near the top of the unit behind a trim plate. Either one of these plates should simply lift off. On older units, the coils may already be exposed behind the refrigerator.

Step 3. Use a long-handled refrigerator brush to dislodge any dust and debris around the coils. Be careful not to bend or damage the coils.

Step 4. Use the narrow hose attachment on your vacuum to suck up all the dust. Move the hose along all surfaces as carefully as you can.

Step 5. When you are finished vacuuming, use a damp cloth or rag to gently wipe any remaining dust from the coils.

Step 6. Replace the cover panel by snapping it back into place. Then plug the unit back in or turn on the circuit breaker.

Following these simple steps 3 or 4 times a year will definitely help you extend the lifespan of your refrigerator. If you find that it’s still not running great even after you’ve cleaned the coils and performed other maintenance, then it may be time for a new refrigerator.

Reno’s Appliance has a large selection of refrigerators from top-of-the-line brands including Sub-Zero, Bosch, and Frigidaire in a range of popular styles such as French door, bottom freezer, and top freezer. We also carry compact refrigerators, which are perfect for small apartment, dorm rooms, or the office. You’ll even find a nice selection of sleek and stylish wine refrigerators, which are becoming increasingly popular, even among casual wine drinkers. Find out why in this this recent blog post.

Reno’s Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno’s Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno’s sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service. We have every home appliance you will possibly need. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.