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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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Benefits of Cleaning Your Refrigerator’s Condenser Coils

A clean
refrigerator is a happy refrigerator. Our refrigerators work nonstop
for us, running 24 hours a day to keep our food fresh and cold; the
least we could do is give them some TLC every now and then.
the condenser coils on the back of the refrigerator is a key part of
any good maintenance routine. These coils should be cleaned every
four months, and even more often than that if you have pets.
are a couple of reasons why cleaning your refrigerator’s condenser
coils is worth ten minutes of your time.
Save Energy
The job
of the condenser coils is to cool and condense the liquid refrigerant
running through them. In order to cool the refrigerant, heat needs to
be released. As dust and dirt begins to accumulate on the back of
your refrigerator, the condenser coils can’t efficiently release this
heat. This overheating causes the refrigerator’s compressor to work
harder, which results in an additional $5-$10 on your monthly utility
Extend Lifespan
addition to increased energy consumption, the extra wear-and-tear
that dirty coils place on your compressor can shorten your
refrigerator’s lifespan. When your refrigerator breaks down, your
food spoils, you spend time waiting for the repairman to show up, and
you have to pay for parts and labor.
Instead, keep your refrigerator’s coils clean and eliminate 70% of
the service calls you will ever have to make.
the event that your refrigerator does break down, you can count on
the services of Speedy Subzero to get you up-and-running. Our
technicians are on call 24/7 and can be at your door within an hour
of your phone call – no more spoiled food! If you live in New York,
save our number in case you ever need it: 866-782-9376.