Home Maintenance Tip: Clean Refrigerator Cooling Coils and Grill

Clean Refrigerator Cooling Coils and Grill

Clean refrigerator cooling coils and grill is important for the efficiency of your refrigerator. Your refrigerator typically has a grille at the top or bottom that sucks in air. You need to remove this grille to look for cooling coils and a fan that needs cleaning. This area of the refrigerator and its pieces typically collect dust and dirt. When these coils and fan are not cleaned, your refrigerator has to work harder to keep things cool. Which means parts of your refrigerator or your entire refrigerator may fail sooner than their expected life. Additionally, with a refrigerator that must work harder,your energy bills are likely to increase which means more money of of your pocket to actually be used for enjoyment.

Refrigerator grille and coil cleaning

In order to perform this task, you first need to locate your refrigerator grille.  This is usually either at the top or bottom of the refrigerator.  Depending on the model, you may need a screwdriver to release the grille. If you are unsure, check your manufacturers owners manual.

You also need either a shop vac or a vacuum cleaner, with a soft brush attachment or a long attachment piece to clean off the dust and dirt from the coils.  Be careful not to bend the coils during the cleaning process.  Once you vacuumed the grill and coil area, take a long thin utility brush that is soft and someone flexible to remove any excess around the coils and grill.  Make sure you are gentle again so as not to bend the coils.  Vacuum an excess from the area removed by the brush and you have cleaned your refrigerator grill and coils.

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