You should be cleaning your refrigerator’s coils at least once or twice a year (maybe more, if your home has an abundance of dust or pet hair). Many homeowners forget this simple task to their own detriment – higher energy costs and possibly a costly repair bill. Cleaning the coils allows your refrigerator to run more efficiently, while dirty, dust-caked coils cause your refrigerator to work overtime to release heat and can even cause the compressor to go out.
To save yourself some money and reduce the risk of problems with your fridge, follow these easy steps:
1. Unplug the appliance. (Slide it away from the wall for easier access if needed.)
2. Locate the coils. On some models, they’re located underneath, while some are located at the back of the appliance.
3. If they’re in the back, simply roll the unit away from the wall. If they’re underneath, you’ll need to remove the protective plate/grill at the front. Most just unsnap, but you may have to remove screws.
4. Use a vacuum with a hose attachment to remove dust from the outside of the coils.
5. To remove the harder-to-reach dust and debris, use a long-handled coil cleaning brush like the one featured in the photo above to gently brush the back and the inside of the coils. They’re flexible and made to reach inside the coils, and they can be found at most hardware stores.
6. Vacuum the coils again to pick up any remaining dislodged dust and under the refrigerator to collect the fallen debris
7. Replace the grill, plug the fridge back in, slide it back into place, and you’re done!