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How to Clean Refrigerator Coils

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How to Clean Refrigerator Coils

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How do I clean the coils underneath my Frigidaire 26 cu ft side-by-side refrigerator?

Hello friend, thank you for your post!

I see that you want to clean the coils underneath your Frigidaire refrigerator. The best way to clean the coils is to remove the toe grille and use a vacuum extension brush to reach the coils. I hope this is helpful. -Matt

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I just bought a used refridgerator and it seems to make a buzzing, rattling noise at times then stops. Then it will start again later. The girl I bought it from said the coils may need cleaned or it may need adjusted. I have no idea what that means but my husband is upset that I bought this fridge, even though it is alot better then the one we had. Thanks so much for any information you can give to guide me.

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The noise is a very annoying thing in refrigerators but to stop these please do the following.

Pull the refrigerator away from the wall and unplug it.

Find the condenser coils on the refrigerator and clean them. These coils disperse heat, so cleaning them improves the effectiveness of the refrigerator which helps to stop the refrigerator from buzzing. To locate the coils, you will need to check your refrigerator owner's manual as they may be rear mounted or floor mounted coils.

Remove the dust build up on the condenser coils with a vacuum cleaner or condenser brush. If there is a large amount of build up on the refrigerator coils, you can use mild soapy water to more thoroughly clean them.

Clean the grill on the front of the refrigerator as it will also help eliminate the noise. The grill on front of the refrigerator should snap off and on, but check for screws first. Then pull firmly toward you to remove the grill.

Do these troubleshoots and the buzzing should stop
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I have a Maytag refrigerator model # MTB2156BEB that leaks water from the bottom of the refrigerator door> I think the drain plug is clogged. I need to know where it is and how do I clean it.

This is most likely drain off water from the automatic defrost cycle.

There is a removable drip pan under the refrigerator that can get filled with lint and mildew and keep the water from evaporating properly. There is also a fan which pulls air across the condenser coils but also serves to help evaporate the defrost water.

Remove the drip pan and clean it out, clean off the coils with a brush and vaccum, and be sure the bottom fan is running. That should solve your problem with ZERO dollars out of your pocket.

Good luck. Hope this helps.
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I have a Samsund SRS579NP both fridge and freezer not getting to right temperature. I don't think that the temp gauge is working properly. the fridge says that it is -1 degree but its deffiantly not that temp. Can anyone help

My first thought is dirty condenser coils (the coils on the bottom of the refrigerator behind the kick panel). You wouldn't believe how much impact a large accumulation of dust and lint on these coils can have on the efficiency and operation of a refrigerator. It's also one of the least expensive 'fixes'... It's FREE.

Remove the front kick panel and, with a flashlight, look at the horizontal coils under the refrigerator. If they are covered with a thick layer of dust and lint, you can almost be assured that this is the problem. They make tapered brushes specifically made for cleaning these coils, but any long slim brush that you can get between them to clean off the accumulation of dirt is better than nothing.

You can do a more thorough job if you pull the refrigerator out and remove the back panel to clean from both front and back. Be sure to unplug the refrigerator while you do this to avoid the condenser fan from coming on while you're working. It's always advisable to use a vacuum attachment to actually REMOVE the dust and lint from the bottom of the refrigerator rather than leaving it under there to be drawn back up into the coils very quickly after you've cleaned them off.

There's no specific definition of 'clean' coils, but my advise is to clean them as thoroughly as you can and be sure to clean off the small condenser fan as well.

Put the panels back in place and plug the refrigerator back in. This should do the trick. Dirty condensers can make you think your whole refrigerator just when ka-pooey when this easy (although somewhat dirty) task can make it run like new again.

Hope this helps.
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my refrigerator has unusually high temp... 77 degrees and counting.. nothing unusual in the last 36 hours. may have started to creep up yesterday. the freezer seems to be working fine and nothing is blocking the vents that i can see. no ice buildup that i can see... compressor seems slightly hot.. fan is working... coils are not pinched or blocked.. but seem warmer then should be.. thanks !

The most common cause of inefficient refrigeration is dirty condenser coils or a defective condenser fan (the fan at the bottom of the refrigerator that pulls air across the coils).

Try the free fix first... Clean the coils. And while you've got the panel off, see if the fan's running.

Hope this helps.
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