Cleaning your built-in refrigerator’s condenser coils is important. We recommend that you clean your condenser coils least twice a year, but certainly more than that if you have pets.
Clean condenser coils can it increase your unit’s performance and its life span. The dirtier your condenser coils are, the higher the risk of compressor failure (which is a costly repair).
Luckily, it’s not overly difficult to clean your condenser coils yourself. Here’s how to clean refrigerator coils on built-in refrigerator:
How To Clean Refrigerator Coils on Built-In Refrigerator
- Before you get started, you’ll want to disconnect the power to the refrigerator at its fuse box or circuit breaker. This eliminates any risk of electrocution.
- After the power is off, you’ll need to remove the grille protecting the condenser coils. For most built-in refrigerators, this will be located at the top of the unit. They can typically be removed by pulling them forward and releasing a hook from a spring. Make a mental note of how you do it, as this will make it easier to put it back on later.
- For this next step, you may want to wear long sleeves and gloves, to protect yourself from any scratches. Examine the area behind the grille with a flashlight and locate the condenser coils. They’re usually located at the back behind the compressor. Take a soft bristle brush (e.g. appliance brush) and loosen any hair, dust, or lint attached to the coils. Once you’ve removed all that you can, use a vacuum hose to clean up the debris.
- Snap the grille back into place and reconnect the power at your fuse box or circuit breaker.
Whenever you clean out your condenser’s coils, it’s also a good idea to examine your built-in refrigerator’s gaskets. Look for any cracks or gaps that might be letting any cool air out.
Staying on top of this maintenance will help your refrigerator stay running at peak performance for a long time! If you do happen to notice substantial gasket wear, don’t hesitate to contact us! We’ll be happy to replace them for you.