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How to Clean Refrigerator Coils: 5 Easy Steps

Struggling with high energy bills or a less efficient refrigerator? Learning how to clean refrigerator coils might just be the solution you need.

Proper maintenance of your refrigerator is crucial for ensuring it operates efficiently and lasts for many years. One important yet often overlooked aspect of refrigerator maintenance is cleaning the coils. The coils are responsible for dissipating heat as the refrigerant passes through them. When they’re covered in dust and pet hair, their efficiency significantly decreases, which can lead to your refrigerator working harder, increasing your energy bills, and potentially leading to costly repairs.

Here’s a simple guide on how to clean refrigerator coils, even if you’ve never done it before.

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1. Unplugging Your Refrigerator

  • Firstly, as a rule of thumb: always make sure to unplug your refrigerator before starting any maintenance. This prevents any electrical hazards while you clean. Ensure the refrigerator is completely disconnected from the power supply to guarantee your safety.

2. Locating the Coils

  • For most models, the refrigerator coils are located either behind the fridge or underneath it. If they’re underneath, remove the base grille; if they’re behind, you may need to pull the fridge away from the wall. Always consult your refrigerator’s user manual for specific guidance on accessing the coils for your particular model.

3. Cleaning the Coils

  • Use a refrigerator coil brush to gently but effectively remove dust and debris from the coils. This special brush is flexible and designed to reach all areas of the coils without causing damage. Move the brush back and forth along each coil, being sure to cover both visible and harder-to-reach parts.

4. Vacuum the Area

  • After brushing, vacuum up the loosened debris with a hose attachment. Focus on getting all the dirt out from around the coils and any other nearby areas where dust may have settled. It’s crucial to be thorough during this step to prevent any remaining debris from getting back onto the coils.

5. Replacing Everything and Pluging it Back up

  • Once everything is clean, carefully replace any covers or grilles you removed. Gently slide the refrigerator back into place, making sure not to disrupt any electrical connections or the water line, if applicable. Finally, reconnect your refrigerator to the power source.

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Why Regular Cleaning Matters

Cleaning your refrigerator coils regularly not only extends the appliance’s lifespan but also enhances its efficiency, reducing the likelihood of costly repairs. This simple maintenance task can lead to significant savings on energy costs and help maintain optimal performance.


Regularly cleaning your refrigerator coils is a straightforward but crucial maintenance task that can greatly enhance your appliance’s efficiency and longevity.

If you encounter any issues during this process or prefer professional assistance, Appliance GrandMasters offers expert appliance repair and maintenance services. Keeping your coils clean ensures your refrigerator operates smoothly, saving you both time and money.

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About Appliance GrandMasters

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Formerly known as Mr. Rogers Appliances, we rebranded our appliance repair company to Appliance GrandMasters in June 2020. Since then, we have focused on developing our brand to be customer-oriented. 

Fixing appliances has become a passion for us. We enjoy challenges and we are always studying to become the very best.

We accomplish swift and top-notch service by employing efficient and friendly customer service procedures that guarantee accurate answers and solutions. 

Our approach involves the careful selection and comprehensive training for the necessary skills to fulfill our customers’ needs. Through these strategies, we strive to consistently provide exceptional service.