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Handy Tip #1: Cleaning the Condensing Coil

The simplest way to breathe long life into your refrigerator's compressor is to clean the condensing coil...that's the coil you used to see going up the back of your grandmother's refrigerator. Unhappily, manufacturers now conceal the condensing coil underneath the refrigerator (accessible by removing a plastic guard located just under the refrigerator doors), or inside the compressor compartment in the back.

If your condenser coils have not been cleaned for several months, then it's time to clean them. A long, slender brush may be purchased at most appliance retailer locations for the job. Care must be taken to 'do no harm' when fishing that slender brush into hard-to-reach areas. The tip of the brush should have a vinyl, rubber, or plastic tip to protect sensitive components from damage.

Condenser coils accessed from the front require removal of the kick plate just below your refrigerator doors. This is most easily accomplished by opening the door(s) of the unit wide, removing the kick plate or grill. Some snap out easily, others may be held in place by screws. If your condenser coils are in your refrigerator's compressor compartment, be sure to unplug the unit before removing the cover.

By gently probing the brush to the various surfaces of the condensing coil, then vacuuming off the brush, and repeating the procedure, most of the accumulated debris may be removed. Be sure to properly replace the compressor compartment cover when done, and restore power to the unit.

Common parts to repair on a refrigerator are:

  • Condenser Fan
  • Evaporator Fan
  • Door Seals
  • Thermostat
  • Door Switch (for light)
  • Defrost Timer
  • Coolant
  • Compressor