Your refrigerator is one of the biggest energy hogs in your home. By some estimates this one single appliance can use 13-17% of your home’s total energy consumption. Using that much energy costs you money, and like any appliance of that importance, you should do regular maintenance.
Cleaning the coils involves removing the “junk” that gets sucked up into the back of the unit. A quick cleaning every 6 months should keep the unit running smoothly and efficiently.
- The coils can be located in several locations. Older models may have the coils on the back while newer units tend to have the coils on the front.
- Power down your refrigerator before moving it. Simply unplug the unit, or use your circuit breakers. Don’t miss this step!!
- Use the vaccumm cleaner and attachements to remove any dirt and debris from the coils. If you haven’t cleaned your coils before, you might try warm water and light dish soap to remove any oils or grime that a simple cleaning won’t fix.
- Move the refrigerator back into place, and power it up. That’s it