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Refrigerator Condenser Coil Cleaning Refrigerator Repair

For those that are having cool weather right now you do not think about the problems that can happen to your refrigerator when the first hot weather hits. Every year when the first warm days come along I get calls from people that complain that their refrigerator is not cooling like it should. Many times the fix is a very simple one. Something that a good vacuum cleaner and an air compressor can easily fix.

When I get there or if I ask them the bottom front of their refrigerator looks something like this.

And the underneath of the refrigerator looks like this, or even worse.

To fix this problem, a little cleaning is all that is needed. When the room temperature is cooler the air going over the condenser coil will still get enough heat away to keep the refrigerator cooling. However when the room starts to heat up and the air does not absorb as much of the heat the refrigerator will start to get warmer.

Pull the front grill off of the refrigerator and wash that out. Then if you have a good vacuum with a crevice tool, reach in from the front and the back of the refrigerator to remove as much of the dust and dirt as possible. Often I will then use my air compressor to blow out more of the dust and dirt and continue to vacuum as needed. Use patience as you do this, as it will take time and blowing from both the front and back a number of times to really get the coil to clean out.

Now that you know what to do, why wait for the warm weather and for the refrigerator to start acting up before cleaning the coil? Get out the soap and water, the vacuum and air compressor and clean it out now. The cleaning will also help your refrigerator to run more efficiently and save you money.








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