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How To Clean Refrigerator Condenser Coil

PUBLISHED: March 13, 2020 3 MINS READ

Dirty condenser coils may be a major reason why your refrigerator is no longer cooling. These coils are not placed in a closed casing, and hence are vulnerable to dust accumulation. Coils with buildup have to work harder to help the refrigerator release heat, thereby affecting its lifespan. Cleaning the condenser coil extends the refrigerator efficiency and lifespan. Want to know how to clean the refrigerator’s condenser coil? This article will tell you how!

How To Clean The Refrigerator Condenser Coil?


The rule of thumb in cleaning or repairing electrical appliances is to cut off the electrical connection. If the power socket is located behind the refrigerator, pull the appliance away from the wall and unplug the unit. Ensure that the refrigerator doors are closed to keep it cool.


Condenser coils are metallic tubes, generally wound in a U-shaped grid pattern. It should be present behind a toe-gill at the base of the refrigerator. The gill is held in place by a spring clip and can be removed easily. If your refrigerator does not have a toe-gill, then the condenser coil will be located at the back. Push the refrigerator away from the wall to get easy access to the coils.


The next step is to clean the coil. Vacuum clean the back of the refrigerator or alongside the toe-gill. Next, carefully brush away the dust from the coil using a soft & flexible brush. After knocking away the buildup from the condenser coils, vacuum clean it and the surrounding area.

Step 4

Replace the toe-gill, if applicable, and push the refrigerator back to its place. Plug the appliance, and you are good to go!

It does not take more 30-45 minutes to clean the refrigerator’s condenser coil. Clean it often to improve the efficiency and life span of your refrigerator.

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