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Excessive lint/dust on coils in overhead compressor compartment

This caused the freezer temp to go down to refrigerator temp and thawed out my frozen food. I vacuumed the area pretty thoroughly, but, there's still quite a bit of lint and dust. Do I need a service technician to disassemble and clean?

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  • Walid Bannoura Jan 13, 2009

    My refregirator temp went down however the freezer seems OK but not great.

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Only you can see your coils[condenser]if you have cleaned them well,that could be fine.their's nothing mysterious about it.also the condenser fan blade should be cleaned.as a repairman i would use a small shop vacuum and a condenser coil brush only.i would wipe dust off fan blade with my hand as vacuuming.only if in a greasy environment would i use cleaners.i serviced in an hot climate and if that was the problem my efforts always solved the problem.if your temps have become normal you may have done fine.but you can reevaluate with my council. God bless ,tom

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