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How to Clean Your Fridge Coils

3 Materials
30 Minutes

When was the last time you cleaned your refrigerator coils? Yeah, it's been a while huh? Did you know that you can save yourself money by keeping the coils clean? Yes! When everything is clean in there your fridge doesn't have to work as hard, this results in the fridge using less electricity. Yay!
how to clean your fridge coils
Refrigerators are expensive and if you can help it last as long as possible by keeping it dust bunny free, by all means, let's do it!  Let me show you how I clean my fridge coils.
how to clean your fridge coils
We have fur people who live in our house so I pull my fridge out about once per month and clean behind it, but I don't open the back and clean inside more than about twice per year, so about every six months is good if you have pets and once per year if you do not.
how to clean your fridge coils
I walked out the shop and got into my husband's tool box to find 1/4" nut driver, that's the size our fridge takes.  The old fridge we had just had phillips head screws on it.
how to clean your fridge coils
Step 1.
Make sure the electricity is OFF to your fridge.  Unplug it or flip the breaker switch.  I unplug mine, because that way I'm sure its off!

Step 2.
Remove the back cover.
how to clean your fridge coils
Oh yeah, let's get up close and personal with all those dust bunnies living in there!  Eeeewww!

Oh boy! It's gross in there isn't it?  Well, now you know that mess is costing you some extra dollars on your power bill, so its best to keep it clean!
how to clean your fridge coils
Step 3.
Grab your shop vac and while using a slim lined tip, vacuum all those dust bunnies out of there!  Be careful of your coils, you do not want to damage them and ruin your fridge. That would be bad!
how to clean your fridge coils
After I have everything vacuumed out of there, I take a damp paper towel and wipe the remaining dust off of where I can reach.  Again, be very careful when wiping down each part because all these little bits and pieces are what make the fridge work properly.  You want to keep them all in tact.

Don't worry if you can't get all of the dust off of everything, your fridge is already breathing better by now anyway.
how to clean your fridge coils
Tah Dah! Looks so much better now!  I'm pretty sure I can hear her breathing better too!
how to clean your fridge coils
While I was at it, I went ahead and cleaned up all the other fridge neighborhoods that were housing the little dust bunnies.  This is the side that's up against the cabinet.
how to clean your fridge coils
how to clean your fridge coils
how to clean your fridge coils
This is all the front bottom vented area of the fridge.  The vent itself just snaps right off.  First I vacuumed all the fuzz off of it then took it into the bathtub for a wash down.  Next I grabbed my shop vac again and removed all the fuzz hiding in under there. Yuck!
how to clean your fridge coils
Next, I used my handy Clorox wipes to wipe all the spills and splashes down.
how to clean your fridge coils
Before and After!  So much nicer now.  Looks new again! I sure do love a clean kitchen yall and when its deep cleaned, its even better!
how to clean your fridge coils
Alrighty then!  I bet you'll want to go check your fridge now to see if you have giant fuzz balls living in there like mine did!  It just takes a quick thirty minutes to save yourself lots of money on your energy bill and who doesn't like to save money? I know I do!

While doing research I discovered a COIL CLEANING BRUSH ( click here to go to our blog for the link) and I'm ordering one now! It will make cleaning the coils so much easier in the future!

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Have a question about this project?

2 questions
  • Carol Zelenko
    on Dec 2, 2017

    Where did you get the cardboard to cover the fridge? Is it homemade or does one purchase those
  • Mike Wagner
    on Dec 2, 2017

    Doing these things might help your electricity usage, but as with CFL and LED light bulbs has ANYONE seen even the slightest reduction in their light bill?? I surely haven't! The rates go up because corporate isn't making as much money because you're using less, so guess what??? We pay again!!
    Sure it looks nicer to have a clean house, but just don't think that it saves you a penny, because it simply doesn't! I changed countless light bulbs to LED's at quite an expense, I might add, but my light bill hasn't shown a penny's reduction! It's just more smoke and mirrors!
    • Greg
      on Oct 18, 2018

      Cooler motors last much longer. Dust holds heat. These coils are heat exchangers!

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