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Accessing and cleaning coils on Kenmore Elite Side by Side

I am having trouble getting access to all of the coils in order to clean them; I can reach only the front coils; how do you access the coils toward the back.

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To reach the back coils you need to pull the fridge out and take off the cardboard type cover...
I often use an air compressor with high pressure air to blow out the coils..makes a mess but oh, well, sometimes you got to do what you got to do...

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I just cleaned the coils on my fridge with very little mess, here's how. Take off the back panel and use it as a template to cut a piece of cardboard the same size and shape. In the cardboard, cut a hole the size of your shop vac's hose. Place the cardboard on the back of the fridge and block or screw it so it stays in place. From the front of the fridge, remove the grill, and use compressed air to clean the coils. The shop vac will pick nearly all of the dust. This can work on any refirgerator that has access front and back.

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    My refrig grate is greasy (Not cleaned by former owner). Will compressed air work?

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