Of all the appliances in your home, your refrigerator is known to use the most energy.  Accordingly, it would make most sense to ensure optimal efficiency when it comes to this appliance.  Refrigerator condenser coils are an important element of the unit.  One easy trick to ensure energy savings is condenser coil cleaning.  While a simple task, many often forget to implement this maintenance procedure.  We suggest condenser coil cleaning at least once a year – sometimes twice, especially for those that have pets in their homes.

 
Where to find the condenser coil?
On older model refrigerators, the coils are often located in the back.  Newer models generally have coils in the base of the refrigerator in the front, hidden behind a grill cover or kick plate.

 

What do you need to clean the condenser coil?
A screw driver and refrigerator coil brush, which can be readily purchased at a home improvement store such as Home Depot.  You can also use a vacuum with a crevice tool in place of a refrigerator coil brush but the brush is known to remove dirt in between the coils, which the vacuum may not.

 

How to clean the condenser coil?
First, PLEASE make sure you unplug the appliance from the wall.  Then use the screw driver to remove the panel covering the coils.  Next insert the brush between, over and under the coils and pull it back out several times to clean.  In the alternative, use the crevice tool of your vacuum for cleaning.  Once you are done, return the grill cover to its place and screw it back in.  Lastly, plug in your machine.  That’s all there is to it!

 

Although we would love to service your appliances, we do hope these tips will save you from having to pay for a service call!

 

Until next time – Happy Tip To You Tuesday!