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Always running compressor is always running. Unit stays cold, but I'm concerned about the efficiency. Is there a way to clean the coils. I have hairy dogs and I wondered if the cooling unit is clogged?

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Depending on the model of ref that you have, coils are accessible front bottom by removing the kick plate, (either screws or clips into place) or its available by removing the bottom plate (metal or cardboard) located on the bottom of the back of the outside of the unit. If the coils are really dirty, clean them and this should resolve the problem, if they are clean, check for excessive frost build up in the freezer section on the back panel indicative of a possible defrost problem, or broken door seal. If defrost problem is present, check defrost thermostat for continuity, if open replace, check heater for same, if open replace. Check defrost timer for proper operation, if faulty, replace as needed. Testing procedures will vary with model. Consult your schematic for proper testing procedures, or call a service tech if you don't feel comfortable with do-it-yourself repair. If the door seal is bad, replace as needed.

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