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Clean Your Refrigerator Coils

Ever look at the coils under your refrigerator? You know, the coils that dump heat out of your refrigerator and allow it to cool/freeze your food? Your refrigerator coils may be hard to see, since they might look like a dirty carpet with all the dust and hair collected on them. Your refrigerator runs 24 hours a day all year round, so cleaning those coils will allow your poor hard working fridge to work more efficiently. This simple task will lower your energy bill, extend the life of your appliance, and add up to a lot of saved energy over the year.

Did you know:

  • You should clean your refrigerator at least once every three months, more if you have pets in the house.
  • Refrigerator coils are the heat exchanger that removes heat from your refrigerator and dumps it into your house.
  • A dirty refrigerator makes your refrigerator run longer, because it is harder to dump the heat.

What to do:

  • Locate your refrigerator coils. The type most likely to require cleaning will be located underneath.
  • Use a vacuum cleaner with an extension tool to suck the dust and hair off the coils.
  • Don’t worry about getting everything off. It is more important to clean them frequently enough to keep the stuff from blocking off the coils.

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