smartest thing you can do for your fridge is to keep the coils clean. It cuts
electricity bills and repair bills."
Clean refrigerator coils and save money. All it takes is a vacuum, a brush and 15 minutes. Coils are usually beneath the fridge and accessible from the front. But some — like the ones here — are hidden behind a cover plate in back.
the years, I've heard that a dozen times from a dozen appliance experts. Here's
why: The coils' job is to dissipate the heat that's removed from the fridge. But
gradually, dust blankets the coils, so the fridge has to work harder to shed
heat. That means higher electricity bills; I've heard estimates as high as $10
per month in wasted energy. Dirty coils also increase your odds of breakdowns.
last weekend, I finally gave my 8-year-old fridge its first coil cleaning. It
didn't begin well; I couldn't even find the coils at first. They weren't under
the fridge where I expected them to be, and they weren't on the back either. So
I pulled out the fridge and removed and unscrewed a cover plate. Bingo. From
there on, it was a simple matter of sucking up dust with a vacuum. A bendable
dryer vent brush ($6 at my local home center) grabbed the dust that the vacuum
couldn't reach. Overall, it was a 15-minute job with a huge payoff.
recommend cleaning coils twice a year. I can't promise I'll do that, but now
that I know how quick and easy it is, I won't wait another eight years either.
— Gary Wentz, Senior Editor
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