Everything You Need to Know About Your Refrigerator’s Condenser Coils


Your condenser coils are an important part of your refrigerator, but how much do you know about them? In this article, the refrigeration experts at Speedy Subzero tell you everything you need to know about condenser coils, including what they do and how to maintain them.

What are they?

The condenser coils are long, winding tubes. They are located on the back of most refrigerators, although some newer models have started to place them underneath the appliance, behind the toe grill.

What do they do?

The condenser coils are responsible for cooling and condensing refrigerant as it flows through them. In order for this to happen, these coils release heat. For this reason, it is important that they have adequate ventilation.

How to care for them

Unfortunately, condenser coils are a magnet for dust, hair, and dirt. When too much debris accumulates on these coils, they can’t efficiently release heat, which causes two things to happen. Your refrigerator has to work harder than it was originally intended to, which shortens its lifespan and increases its energy consumption.

Save yourself money on your utility bill and prevent future breakdowns by cleaning your condenser coils every six months (more often than that if you have pets that shed – their fur clogs up these coils quickly). It only takes ten minutes, but can make a big difference. Here’s how:

  1. Unplug your refrigerator and slide it away from the wall.

  2. Locate the condenser coils – they will likely be on the back of the appliance or underneath it.

  3. Clean the coils using your vacuum cleaner – the brush and nozzle attachments work best. Be careful not to damage the coils or fins.

  4. Slide the refrigerator back into its place and plug it back into the outlet.

If your refrigerator does break down, help is just a phone call away with Speedy Subzero. Our technicians have been repairing refrigerators, freezers, and ice makers in New York for more than 75 years. If you live on Long Island or in New York City, call us to schedule your same day appointment at 866-782-9376.

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