Does it seem as if the food in your refrigerator does not get as could as it should? Do you find your self adjusting the settings, always trying to get a consistent temperature? If so, your refrigerator might have a problem with the condenser coils. This article explains how to identify and clean your condenser coils. It is a simple project, and many people are surprised that it can so drastically improve the efficiency of their refrigerator.
What Are Condenser Coils
The condenser coils are vital to the refrigerator's ability to produce a cooled air. The coils basically suck up warm air and turn it to cold air. With the help of refrigerants tubes inside the refrigerator's engine, the unit is cooled. While this is a basic explanation of a highly technical process, it is important to know so you can help identify where your problem is. If your appliance's condenser coils are clogged or dirty, it will struggle. It might try to overcompensating by sending more power to the coils. In the end, this can put undue stress on your refrigerator engine and cause your electricity bills to spike.
How to Find the Condenser Coils
The coils are basically a small aluminum grill along the bottom of your refrigerator. The coils are covered by a decorative plastic vent that matches with the refrigerator. The plastic vent can be pulled right off with ease. No tools are required. Once the vent is off of the refrigerator, unplug it before you go any further.
Cleaning the Condenser Coils
Cleaning the condenser coils is simple once you have access to them. Use hot water and all purpose cleaner to scrub them. A simple scrub brush can help knock loose dirt in between the ridges of the coils. Rinse the coils out thoroughly with water to wash all the dirt out. Spraying it with a spray bottle is a simple way to ensure all the dirt you loosen is flush out of the coils. You can also use special coil cleaner if normal soap does not get the job done. These solutions are more expensive, but they work well. HINT: You might to look in the air conditioning section of your home improvement store to find condenser cleaner.
You will also want to clean your plastic off before you reapply the plastic vent. Plug your refrigerator back in give it a test to see if you notice improved efficiency.