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My refrigerator seems to run for extended periods of time. It is currently 4 years old. I am looking to vacumn the lint/dust from the coils but am unable to gain access. Is there a preferred method to clean the coils on ths model? Thank you.

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Many times a freezer and/or refrigeratordo not work right because of a dirty condenser coil...there are also many otherthings that can go wrong. If you are hearing a clicking or buzzing then check out thelast two tips.

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